Wordsworth's Poetical Works

london, 1802

what is the tone in the poem? does it change? if yes where does it change and why?

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According to Wordsworth, England was once a great place of happiness, religion, chivalry, art, and literature, but at the present moment those virtues have been lost. Wordsworth can only describe modern England as a swampland, where people are selfish and must be taught about things like "manners, virtue, freedom, power." The tone goes from a sense of life and vitality to a tone of negetivity and decay.