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Compare and Contrast the Ways which 'London' and ' Upon Westminster Bridge' represent the City.

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Compare and Contrast the Ways which 'London' and ' Upon Westminster Bridge' represent the City. William Wordsworth wrote 'Upon Westminster Bridge', whilst 'London' was written by William Blake. These two poets were writing in a period known as the 'Romantic Period', a time when Art and Literature moved toward a 'Natural style'. The Romantic Poets often wrote about nature and how the growth of the cities made people miserable and restricted their lives from natural things. This all happened during the late eighteenth century when, in London, there was an outburst of factories and industries. This essay is split up into three sections. The first section, will consider William Blake and William Wordsworth's presentation of the city. The second will focus on the images in William Blake and William Wordsworth's poems and lastly the attitudes to the city in both poems. The Industrial Revolution made a great impact on city life, when machines took over the work of men. The cities began to grow, and more factories were built in the city. ...read more.

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Finally Blake shows London as a polluted and dirty place, 'the blackening church appals'. In 'Upon Westminster Bridge' Wordsworth shows the opposite, how nature is used to make the city beautiful ' All bright and glittering in the smokeless air, suggests that the city is beautiful in the clear air; this is a some what ideal view of London because in the Romantic Period the Industrial Revolution was in full force which meant that the air would be polluted. In 'London', Blake shows a depressing mood hangs about London. He describes in detail the hopelessness fatality of life. In 'Upon Westminster Bridge' William Wordsworth shows a positive and uplifting calm surrounding London 'Ne'er saw I never felt, a calm, so deep'. Again, however, it is important to note that this is not London itself, but London early morning as a result of nature's influence. 'London shows the capital as a depressing place, full of hopelessness and anger a place where 'the youthful Harlot's curse', In 'Upon Westminster Bridge', Wordsworth shows London as beautiful, ...read more.

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William Blake shows London as a polluted place, which is realistic as the poem was written in the middle of the Industrial Revolution. William Blake shows London as dirty and is disgusted about how people are, and the way they act. He describes the "Harlot's" cursing their young babies and swearing through the streets. William Blake is actually walking around London, while William Wordsworth is looking down at London from a distance. He then says that the air is "smokeless" and shows London from a distanced point of view William Blake describes London as a polluted, dreary place where the city has taken over nature, while William Wordsworth describes London as a place that given natures influence makes him happy and overjoyed. The city in the morning wears nature, which in turn makes the city beautiful. William Blake reflects aspects of the Industrial Revolution by showing how black the city is. William Wordsworth does the same by showing how beautiful the city's natural opposite is. Victoria Morsley 10 Hewson ...read more.

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