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Compare and Contrast the Three Poems Exploring the Image Each Poet Gives of Pre 19oo London.

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COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE THREE POEMS EXPLORING THE IMAGE EACH POET GIVES OF PRE 19OO LONDON The three poems I have studied each convey a different perception of pre 1900 London. The poem 'Conveyancing' is based around the movement that was happening in London. The definition of the word conveyancing is the movement from one place to another. It is an observational account from the poet's point of view and what he thought London was like. This is made clear by the way he expresses the vast amount of traffic that occupied the roads. In the first verse of the poem Thomas Hood has described the movement of the trains as 'loco-motion'. It also contains a comparison between the motions of the people with the actions of the waves from the ocean. As the 'billows' are constantly moving backwards and forwards so are the people. The horse drawn vehicles were the beginning of public transport and they could be rented or hired. In pre 1900 London the main mode of transport was the horse drawn vehicles, which were more commonly known as 'hackney carriages' and these were the equivalent to our taxis: 'There's always hacks about in packs' This line explains that the hacks never appeared to come on time but when they did it seemed as if they all came together at once and it's this reason why he has written this. The journey in a hack wasn't smooth as this was due to the cobbled roads and like the cars today they used to be raced by their drivers for fun. ...read more.

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That's why it's appears to be so silent. The houses seem asleep because there is no movement anywhere. The skyline of the city contains various types of buildings including temples, theatres and domes. This can be seen because the writer is so high up he can see beyond the city and see into the countryside, 'open unto the fields'. The air is bright and radiant so clear that it seems like London glistens under the sunrise. This is a bit of a contrast to what it would be like during the day because the sky becomes thick and full of smoke. There is a feeling of calm as the poet has expressed what he is feeling, 'never felt so calm so deep!' He uses personification when he says the 'river glideth at his own will:' and says the houses are asleep. The word 'glideth' is an archaic word, meaning the river is flowing calmly and smoothly. 'All that mighty heart lying still!' is another example of personification the mighty heart could be the people. The people are the heart of the city; they are the ones that make a city alive. The poem is written in a sonnet format. Sonnets are traditionally love poems written by someone who is in love. Here it is used because the poet is showing his affection towards the city. The poem contains 14 lines which is the normal sonnet length. 14 lines are long enough to express a complicated idea but are also short and concise, no words are wasted. ...read more.

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The poem has a feeling of pain, fear, and is has a bleak view of London. The poem 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802' shows the positive aspects of London it's very calm and is all about the beauty London had to offer, but this poem shows every negative part of London including the plague and the suffering. If I compare 'Conveyancing' to the poem 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802' they too are completely different from their contents. One shows a busy side to London there is a lot of 'hustle and bustle' and is based on movement while the other has no movement at all; there is stillness and no action-taking place. The atmosphere that 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802' creates is peaceful and also tranquil and 'Conveyancing' has a more loud and hectic environment. It has a more funny tone, 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802' has a more serene tone but 'London' has the most serious tone it's the one that is full of misery. From the three poems that I have studied my personal preference would be the poem ''Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802' because I feel that it is the best poem. It isn't dull and down heartening but the opposite. It's calm and is full of detail. It's also not too long or too short. It's simple and reasonably straightforward to understand. It portrays a clear picture of what London used to look like and I think is the one that has the most feelings expressed in it from the writer. Snita Lal Literature - 1 - ...read more.

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