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Comparative Poetry Essay: Both London by William Blake and Composed upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth are about London. Which poem is the most effective?

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Both "London" by William Blake and "Composed upon Westminster Bridge" by William Wordsworth are about London. Which poem is the most effective? In this essay I will compare two great poems, both written by well known poets. The two poems are: "London" written by William Blake and the other "Composed upon Westminster Bridge" written by William Wordsworth. Both poems have a similar theme which is linked to the capital city 'London', these poets also come from similar backgrounds. William Blake was an English poet, visionary, painter, and printmaker, who was born in Golden Square, London, England on 28 November 1757; the third of seven children. He then later died on 12th August 1827 and was buried on the eve of his forty-fifth wedding anniversary - at Dissenter's burial ground in Bunhill Fields. The other poet, William Wordsworth, was a major English romantic poet. He was born in Cumberland on 7th April, 1770. He was England's Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death. He died in Rydal Mount in 1850 and was buried at St. Oswald's church in Grasmere. Before I start analyzing the two poems, I would first like to outline the definition of what makes an effective poem. An effective poem is one where the words in the poem describe something so vividly that you can "see" what the author's describing in your imagination. ...read more.

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For example "dull", "touching" and "majesty", these are all words which make the language of the poem precise. Wordsworth also uses lots of punctuation and enjambment. On the subject of language, there are a few similarities between both poems. They both use some repetition and enjambment which makes both poems more effective. However, the only main difference here is that Blake uses an older style of language compared to the language that Wordswoth uses in his poem. Also, Wordsworth's poem is more precise. Although there are similarities in the language used by both poets, the imagery they use is different. Blake's poem focuses on sadness and also has many gothic verbs. The poem also refers to matter in past and present tense. "In every infants cry of tear". Furthermore, the last stanza has many gothic verbs, there is also a metaphor, "And blights with plagues the marriage-hearse". Here, "marriage-hearse" is an oxymoron. The effect of using a metaphor here is that it makes the description exciting and also it will make the readers think about it and choose from many different meanings. There are also many verbs which suggest different meanings. For example, the word "wandered" suggests that he is lost. However, Wordsworth's poem focuses on natural personality. For example, "The river glideth at his own sweet will". This gives nature personality. Wordsworth also uses some very effective metaphors, ".... ...read more.

Conclusion

Blake uses more gothic referencing, for example, in the last line of the 4th stanza, "And blights with plagues the marriage-hearse". The tone Blake use is not full of grief but has a solemn tone. However, Wordsworth's poem has reminiscence of the present life. The poem is also full of vivid memories. Wordsworth also uses 'ever-day' simple images in his poem which makes it imaginative. He also uses descriptive adjectives which give nature personality. Finally, the poem has serious and sad tone. One similar thing is that both poets have created a solemn tone in their poems through the imagery and the rhythm they have used. The tone is also suitable for the subject on both cases. However, the main difference here is that Blake focuses more on using gothic verbs but Wordsworth's poem is more natural. Overall, I want to conclude by saying that both pomes are effective on portraying the theme "London". However, I think that the most effective poem is "London" by William Blake. I think this because Blake's poem has a great deal more use of vocabulary. For example, on the topic of form and structure, Blake uses quatrains which give a serious feeling. Also, Blake uses some repetition which gives the poem a more solemn, serious tone than Wordsworth's poem. Finally, I would like to say that Wordsworth's poem is more natural than Blake's, and so this makes the poem more interesting and realistic. ?? ?? ?? ?? AbdulRahman Odeh 1 ...read more.

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