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Compare and contrast the presentation of London in composed upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth and London by Willia

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Compare and contrast the presentation of London in composed upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth and London by William Blake. In both poems London by William Blake and composed upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth they were written over the Romantic Movement. In this period there were climatic changes and the conflict abroad but more unfortunately rapid changes due to the industrial revolution this greatly changed the way of life for the worse. One very abrupt and to the point the other a hidden message through praise and sarcasm. William Blake's poem, 'London', was written in 1791. His poem describes the horrid and dirty scenes that are to be seen in London. The poem is more of a study of people who suffer to create London's success; people like the 'hapless soldier', 'harlot' and the 'new born infant'. Blake is implying that the city is ashamed of these people, as he describes the government and church as being 'blackening'. The poem is set in the cramped back alleys of London, which are associated with restriction and oppression. ...read more.

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These words give the reader a feeling of suffering, oppression and corruption, which help create a dark and negative mood. He condemns the government and royal family by saying 'Runs in blood down palace walls'. This shows us that he thinks the government and royalty are useless and that they are using the poor to make London a greater city. There is a contrast between the rich and the poor here the word 'blood' suggesting the dying and suffering of the poor, and the word 'palace' suggesting the comfortable lives of the rich. He notices a mark in "every face I meet "Marks of wisdom, marks of woe." This evidence of scars of weakness and great sadness in faces contrasts with the peaceful and happy atmosphere Wordsworth gave to London. Wordsworth is like he gushing with his praise for the capital he also using personification by making the house to be as if it was sleeping and makes London as the heart of England " and all that the mighty heart is lying still". Wordsworth compares the beauty of the sun shinning in the sky to the theatres and domes glittering in the London air. ...read more.

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this gives a further direct calming effect on the reader. Blake contrasts the third verse with the 4th final verse, not only the church and palace and the huge industries of London are corrupt the streets are also. "Thro' the midnight streets I hear How the youthful harlot's curse" there is a lot of prostitution going on another sign of a grime, dirty, unlawful city. Although what I have explained about Wordsworth's poem as it is a great city and that he is very full in his praise if you look beyond this you can see a massive hints of sarcasm and that he is actually saying that the capital is a horrible and corrupted just like Blake. He is so forward in praise that he is being fake and that the perfections of the capital is how it can be perceived from the outside but inside is as dreadful as Blake makes it. I can conclude that from the extent of wordsworth sarcasm is a mask that if you look beyond it he is also slagging London off just like Blake. ?? ?? ?? ?? Matthew Povey 11TA English coursework Folder Work 18/01/06 Ms Sayers Poems ...read more.

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