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Compare and contrast Blake and Wordsworth' s views of London. Explain which you prefer and give reasons for your choice.

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Compare and contrast Blake and Wordsworth� s views of London. Explain which you prefer and give reasons for your choice. Wordsworth and Blake's poems have very divergent and contrasting views of London. Blake's poem makes a social criticism mainly because he lived in London, therefore he had a first hand experience of all the city's struggle and was able to observe all its problems such as people's rebellion. In the other hand we can observe that Wordsworth�s poem describes the beauty of nature and emphasizes on aesthetically and spiritual pleasing and as he lived in the Lake District and was a London tourist, he had a much more remote view of the city. Both, Wordworth and Blake's poems were written a around 1750-1850. Blake's poem concentrates on the individuals London and criticizes essentially three aspects of the city; society, industry and instutionalised religion. It makes a social comment of people. Citizens are the key in this poem, because it clearly concentrates on their sorrow, suffering, anguish and miser in which they lived. ...read more.

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Blake repeats a lot of pessimistic phrases, which evidently confirmed us how tragic and miserable could London had been and how their citizens lived in those times "Mark in every face I meet, mark of weakness mark of woe" It refers to how people cried and their constant and strong fear as a way of support to their suffering. Children and cries were a symbol of innocence, vulnerability. Crying showed need for protective paternal love, which they lacked. Small children who did not have a job, had no more option than to work as chimney sweepers, because they were the only people who could climb those thin and high chimneys, a large proportion died because of that. Kids were strongly abused. In the other hand, we can observe that Wordworth repeated optimistic phrases, and does not concentrate on people, yet it does on atmospheres and ambiences. It does not only use common words to refer to the gorgeous sights and landscapes, but he uses unique phrases that symbolised tranquillity, protection, and serenity. ...read more.

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The first eight lines are where Wordworth describes London, and the six remaining lines are where there is a clear emphasize in the expression of feelings, views and emotions. This poem has a lot of personification and similes which are shown in the poem like for example: "This City now doth like a garment wear." This means that this city is surrounded by a garment, a very strong shield that represents protection. "London"'s structure is pretty different, it was written with alternate line rhyme and four quatrains. In this poem there is a lot of metaphor used to create various points of views and perspectives. Blake insistent used the word "every" to emphasize the idea that everyone in London had a miserable life and were depressing. Since my point of view, I see both poems very attention-grabbing and interesting. But I definitely prefer Wordsworth's sonnet, because it contains more description and more optimistic and constructive way of viewing life. Nature is described as splendour and life as enjoyable, relaxing, something to be pleased with. This poem has prettier and stronger message to convey than misery and suffering as Blake's poem, which I find it pessimistic and unhelpful. ...read more.

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