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Compare and Contrast the Poems

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Compare and Contrast the Poems "City Jungle" by Pie Corbett, "London" by William Blake and "Londinium" by Catatonia - How Do These Poems Portray Cities and City Life "City Jungle" by Pie Corbett, "London" by William Blake and "Londinium" by Catatonia are poems that share the same theme: cities and city life. They each have negative opinions of cities and similar themes and messages, that cities are unpleasant. The poems are however, vastly different in their style; "City Jungle" has a fun atmosphere, whereas "Londinium" and "London" have depressing atmospheres (especially "London"). "City jungle" is simple, direct and modern title that paradoxically compares cities to jungles; both are over crowded, hostile places though are opposite extremes on the spectrum of civilisation and nature. "City Jungle" maybe a description of cities in general rather one specific city as we are not told which city is being described. "London" is another simple, direct and modern title (although the poem itself is complex and old-fashioned). We know that London is the city being described in the poem because of the title "London" and the description of the River Thames and of Buckingham Palace. ...read more.

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Although "City Jungle" depressing it has a comical and bizarre atmosphere, "A motorbike snarls; Dustbins flinch.". "London" has an apparently depressing atmosphere, as does "Londinium". It is clear to see that Blake is genuinely distressed by what he sees when walking around London, Catatonia merely finds the place unpleasant and has a desire to leave it. "City Jungle" absolutely brims with imagery, metaphors and personification (in fact there is not a single sentence without a metaphor or personification). "shop doorways keep their mouths shut." And "Streetlights bare their yellow teeth" are but a few examples. I find it interesting that there are not metaphors in "City Jungle" that are not also personification. I think that Pie Corbett uses so much personification and metaphorical language to create an image in the in the reader's mind of a city and a jungle inter - mingled so that the reader can realise how alike they are. "City Jungle" also contains some alliteration, "hunched houses cough" and "The gutter gargles"; the former referring to the pollution of cities. ...read more.

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Catatonia also personifies London; "London never sleeps," and "London always creeps" are both negative descriptions of London. The language in "Londinium" becomes more positive towards the end as Catatonia leaves London, "I'll come alive I'll come alive". "City Jungle", "London" and "Londinium" have vastly different structures, especially "City Jungle" from "London". "London" constitutes of four quatrains each consisting of four lines with an alternate rhyming pattern. "City Jungle" on the other hand has no rhyming pattern and is written in free verse, all of which are of different length. The poem is completely irregular and haphazard, rather like a city. "Londinium" is a song and its structure has the qualities of one. It is written in free verse with an irregular rhythm and rhyming patter and has a chorus that repeats itself throughout the poem. Although all three poems express their poets' dislike of cities, they were written for different purposes. "City Jungle" and "Londinium" do not confront any serious issues, unlike "London" in which William Blake tries to make people realise how he believed that society in Britain was degenerating. I prefer "London" to "City Jungle" and "Londinium" because I prefer traditional style poems and it has real purpose unlike the others. By N.R.Kawecki 2 1 ...read more.

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