Thursday, December 11, 2008

Nature and Civilization


William Wordsworth, a British poet of the Romantic Period, was travelling on the roof of a coach as he began a journey to France in September 1802. He was struck by the beauty of the city of London as it was clothed like a garment in the beauty of the dawning day.


At the end of last week, I was driving home through our community at dusk and admired the cityscape against the colourful sky. Nature and civilization co-exist and can compliment each other even though we tend to separate them in appreciation. Here is Wordsworth's sonnet with my pictures of our city as it was metaphorically clothed in evening light.


COMPOSED UPON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE


Earth has not anything to show more fair:

Dull would he be of soul who could pass by

A sight so touching in its majesty:

This City now doth, like a garment, wear

The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,

Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie

Open unto the fields, and to the sky;

All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.

Never did sun more beautifully steep

In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;

Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!

The river glideth at his own sweet will:

Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;

And all that mighty heart is lying still!



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32 comments:

  1. What a lovely post. I loved the photographs and the Wordsworth sonnet fits perfectly.

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  2. Nature and Civilation always makes a beutiful art in dusk.

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  3. Nice shots, lovely post. Happy skywatch:)

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  4. Very lovely colors! I like how the clouds seem to take various shapes to decorate the skies.

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  5. The sky and the city compliment each other.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  6. Hi Ruth....I have always loved Wordsworth....I have a beautiful leather book full of his poetry....

    I have also walked over Westminster Bridge many times......and have seen some beautiful skies.......

    We do not need to be in open countryside or an open space to find beauty.......

    A lovely post and one that has left me feeling very serene, thank you........

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  7. Ruth: Beautiful sky capture through the city.

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  8. Lovely! The hardness of the block buildings are in sharp contrast with the dainty colours of the soft sky. Very beautiful shots indeed.

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  9. Beautiful combination: nature and civilization especially with glorious sky as background.

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  10. Lovely skies over the cityscapes...all three.

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  11. Love the setting here. Thanks for sharing

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  12. One of my favs from Wordsworth and beautifully presented. Your photos capture that quiet mood of twilight.

    Thank you for sharing with Sky Watch Friday.

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  13. Beautiful photos. Love the Wodworth sonnet.

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  14. Excellent post with great photos, thanks for sharing.

    Cheers!
    Regina In Pictures

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  15. I love that top sot the sweep of the sky looks like a painters brush of colour.

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  16. Oh, I've always loved that poem! Your photos are so beautiful, especially the first one. Happy SWF. :)

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  17. Very beautiful sky photographs. That is my favorite time of day. The sky looks so magical. Happy SWF!

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  18. a trio of beautiful shots...i think my favorite is the first.
    like the dark against the color...

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  19. Hey neighbour, great pics and I loved the sonnet.

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  20. Nice combination of sunset and Wordsworth.

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  21. Most excellent post and pictures!

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  22. It's beautiful to see the hard silhouettes of the buildings against the soft and colourful sky.
    Happy SWF!

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  23. Lovely words,lovely comparison, beautiful skywatch. Happy Friday!

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  24. Mexico Mom11:44 am GMT-5

    I learned long ago from my mother that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". I did not like the desert until after 5 months there I saw beauty in many places. Country and city are beautified and illuminated especially by the beauty of God's creation. Wordsworth is one of my favourite poets.

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  25. Wordsworth really complemented your photos..lovely post Ruth

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  26. William Wordsworth I feel was one with the earth..his words are so moving..and your photos are perfect for the poem you chose!

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  27. Cityscape is so pretty at dusk. Nice photos, Ruth, and I'm really liking the photo frames you choose.

    Great post.

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  28. Great Photos and prose...thanks for the very inspiring skywatch

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  29. What a wonderful post! This is my favorite SWF post this week so far. I enjoyed the photos and the poem. They fit together well.

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  30. Thanks to my regular visitors and the SkyWatch visitors for taking the time to comment. Have a good weekend and find some unexpected beauty somewhere.

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  31. Those are beautiful! Happy SWF!!!

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  32. Wordsworth with your sky of pink and blue - beautiful!

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