• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare and Contrast Poem William Wordsworths

Extracts from this document...


Compare and Contrast Poem William Wordsworths's "Composed upon Westminster Bridge 1802" and William Blake's "London" In this essay I will discuss how London is portrayed quite differently by the two poets and their poems William Wordsworth's "composed upon Westminster Bridge 1802" and William Blake's "London." Blake is known as a political poet whereas Wordsworth is acknowledged for writing about Nature. His descriptions of natural places and observations and images are so lovingly dwelt upon; He describes London as a peaceful place to be, in the Morning. On the other hand William Blake is a visitor to London and he speaks of the City at dawn and describes a dark, inactive and suffering city on London. ...read more.


William Wordsworth was born in 1770 in England and was raised amongst the mountains of Cumberland along a river, after his parents died he was protected by relatives during childhood. At this stage of his life mostly at university he became a very keen poet. When his father died he inherited his father's library, which helped engage his love for poetry at an even deeper level. He grew up in a very rustic society and spent a great deal outdoors and with nature. He was very optimistic in his poems and said "poems are the overflow of emotions." So under the influence of that theory "Composed upon Westminster Bridge 1802" he shows London pure and tranquil. ...read more.


"Composed upon Westminster Bridge 1802" is in well with harmony with nature in this poem he also describes the cities architecture "ships, towers, domes theatres and temples." He appreciates natural beauty and says nature cannot rival. In the first line of the sonnet he describes London as he is utterly dazzled by it. "Earth has not anything to show more fair" and he goes on "Dull would he be a soul who could just pass by." This state's only a boring person could just walk by and not be dazzled by the view. Besides the hyperbolic description of the city, he personifies the city as a beautiful garment on a person. "This city now doth on a garment wear." So the city is not a passive object anymore, but it is as real as ever ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Pre and Post 1914 Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Pre and Post 1914 Comparison essays

  1. Compare Wordsworths view of London in Composed Upon Westminster Bridge with that of Blake ...

    the countryside, which is different to Blake, who lived most of life in the city. Also Wordsworth came from a middle class family. His father worked as a business agent. In 1787 Wordsworth went to study at Cambridge, this reflects that Wordsworth had an academic and privileged background.

  2. Comparison of The Daffodils(TM) by William Wordsworth and Miracle on St David(TM)s Day(TM) by ...

    The reader is only given clues about the past of this mysterious character. Although he cannot understand the meaning of the words, he is enthralled and 'rocks gently to the rhythms of the poems', implying that the man is engaged by the sound and music of the poem.

  1. Compare and contrast the poems upon Westminster bridge, by William Wordsworth and London by ...

    The poems do show some similarities, both are set in London as well as both poems being written around the same time which means they are writing about the same London albeit in very different ways. They also feature some similar London landmarks such as the river Thames and Kensington palace.

  2. Compare and contrast how gender roles are represented in a variety of love poems.

    The message which the female in this poem wants to give to the readers is that men don't consider the consequences which they might leave for the female to face after they have slept with them, also she that females around the 1980's were not really tought about any of

  1. Compare and Contrast the two poems London and Composed Upon Westminster Bridge

    the London lifestyle, and present a more realistic image of the workings of London society. Consequently, he cannot even come close to forming such a happy, optimistic view of London as Wordsworth. His portrayal of London is set deep in the night, and with it comes all that we associate with darkness.

  2. Compare and Contrast Tennysons Charge Of The Light Brigade with Owens Dulce Et Decorum ...

    Personification is used to help describe the weapons - "...disappointed shells...", "...haunting flares...". The personification is used to make the weapons sound like they had a large part in the war by describing them in the same way as the soldiers.

  1. Compare and contrast the different moods and themes created in Out, Out-and Disabled

    The boy whom the soldier used to be ?liked a blood smear down his leg? and ?after football? drunk a peg? implying naivety and that he is unaware of the realities of war. This impression has always been with him but soon alters severely as he witnesses true warfare.

  2. Both The Moment by Margaret Atwood and London by William Blake are poems about ...

    of anaphora is a declamation to be heard, reminding readers of what they would rather not admit to and emphasising the idea of no escape. Both poets also effectively use onomatopoetic techniques.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work