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Poetry explications made easy?

Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH 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!  What is explication? Let's take a quick look at the  beginning of an "A" example : This poem dramatizes the conflict between appearance and reality, communicating the idea that even in the unnatural city Nature’s presence can be seen. From Westminster Bridge, the speaker looks at London at sunr