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Compare and contrast the presentation of London in William Blake's "London" and William Wordsworth's "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge"

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Compare and contrast the presentation of London in William Blake's "London" and William Wordsworth's "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" I am going to compare two completely different poems about London. One is called "London" and was written by William Blake, a famous writer for his romanticist views. The second one is "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" by William Wordsworth who was also famous for supporting the romantic movement in the 18th century. William Blake perceived London as a dirty and frightening place. This negative feeling is shown in the line saying "In every cry of every man". In this particular line, the word 'every' is repeated three times after this line. The word 'every' is of an extreme nature as it is not just one. The impact of this is that this is not happening once but over and over again everywhere in London. Also, he uses the word 'cry' to try and emphasise the point that London is an unkind place and this man is calling out for help. ...read more.


The 'I' gives it away that it is in the first person because he is talking about what he does, wandering the recorded streets. He does this so that we get the impression that he himself is doing all of the work/actions. In Wordsworth's 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge', it is only truly clear that it is written in the first person in the fourth but last line when it says, "ne'er I saw". You can tell that Wordsworth's poem was influenced by the Romantic Movement which happened in the 18th and 19th century. This is because he is showing his feelings without any care and it is about nature and his geographical surroundings. This is shown in the line saying, "Never did sun more beautifully steep". The word 'beautifully' is one of his feelings and the word 'sun' is the natural part of his poem. Blake's poem was also influenced by the romanticism period but in a negative way as apposed to Wordsworth's positive view. ...read more.


This is shown right from the beginning when it says "to show more fair". This straight away puts an image into your minds of London having a fairy tale rainbow over it. It then goes on to telling the reader about what you can see in reality rather than in your minds. Finally, Wordsworth give us imagery of London's peaceful and calm atmosphere. Wordsworth's poem is in the form of a sonnet. This is because there are two verses. The rhyme scheme is ABBAABBACDCDCD. Blake's poem is a iambic pentameter. It has some rhyming couplets but no rhyme scheme. Stanzas 1, 2&4 are 8 syllables long and the third stanza is 7 syllables. The third stanza is meant to stand out. In conclusion, my favourite poem is 'London' by William Blake. This is because it gives facts about what London is today. Also he describes London as it would be in about twenty year's time. However, Wordsworth's 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' is sort of a fairy tale poem. This is because he is describing it in the way that you would want it to be, all nice and cosy. ...read more.

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