Napoleon as Fallen Angel
In this sonnet Wordsworth depicts Napoleon as a figure of unprincipled ambition and evil on par with Milton’s Satan.
LOOK now on that Adventurer who hath paid
His vows to fortune; who, in cruel slight
Of virtuous hope, of liberty, and right,
Hath followed wheresoe’er a way was made
blind Goddess ; —ruthless, undismayed;
And so hath gained at length a prosperous Height,
Round which the Elements of worldly might
Beneath his haughty feet, like clouds, are laid.
O joyless power that stands by lawless force!
Curses are his dire portion, scorn, and hate,
Internal darkness and unquiet breath;
And, if old judgments keep their sacred course,
Him from that Height shall Heaven
By violent and ignominious death.