Sonnet Review (cities)


During the romantic period, many poets were like william wordsworth, who thought that cities are artificial things, therefore dirty and full of sins. Wordsworth had spent lots time of his life in the country where was surrounded by narture. But he discribed what he saw of the city as’  a sight so thouchging in its majesty: The city now doth, like a garment, wear the beauty of the morning.’  Cleary he had a change of mind after seeing the city at dawn. Maybe he had a think of ‘is nature(the original) always better than unnatural things’? or  ‘Is it possible for cities to be as good or even better than nature’?

We live in cities which are aka concrete jungles. Because they are more convenient and can provide us with a better life quality. But on weekends we would still like to go to the moutains/ national parks to have a walk and explore the nature. This is because some prefer to be closer to nature, under the influences of a city to experience the original lifestyle of human. In my opinion a city is an attempt to make our lives both close to nature and also convenient, kind of like an utopia, in this case trying to make the world to be balanced of natural and man-made things. Which could possibly be even better than nature. But in an attempt of doing so, we are actually destroying nature by logging billions of tress, digging into the earth for more mines and metals, etc.  In that case city would beocome a dystopia, an utopia gone bad.

Every poet’s words raises questions that would lead to more questions. In this poem it is about nature and man-made.  For example, wether a national park natural or not. Because although everything inside the park’s natural, but people have circled that area, given it a name. also gave animals living inside labels and the environment might have changed because of tourists.  So does the park still count as a part of nature?


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8 comments to Sonnet Review (cities)

  • Mihnea Lupu

    I enjoyed reading your comment but I would suggest putting your view and stand on this matter. As well, not to end the Review with a question but a statement or conclusion.

  • Sophie Krafft

    It is good how you used the things we learned last year to refer to this poem such as a dystopian world and how we live i also liked how you described the cities as concrete jungles which i thought was a good choice of words.

  • Cindy Han

    Good thoughts about how people usually view the city and the nature.

  • Jasmine Yeh

    It is obvious you understood the poem very well, I liked the way you compared different things to each other to help us understand your point of well easily

  • Lewis Harding

    i think that in your piece of writing you have explained mostly everything in good detail , therefore have understood the poem very well to write what you have written. But some more punctuation and vocab is needed to make you explain something in even greater detail so that it is to a standard where someone who hasn’t read the poem will understand the message it is trying to send across.

  • Edward Giles

    You ḥave made vẹry good points and a good exampḷe of a p̣art of the poeṃ raising quẹstions. Unfortunately, the division of sentences was a little unclear.

  • Edward Higham

    I liked your post and you made very good points. Good job and keep the good writing up.

  • Tom Prior

    Unlike Mihnea, i thought that the ending was clever because it gives the reader something to think about after reading the post.

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