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Compare and contrast Turner's "It's great to be Back" and Blake's "London".

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Compare and contrast Turner's "It's great to be Back" and Blake's "London" I will be comparing and contrasting two famous poems by William Blake and Steve Turner. They are both poets who are writing about cities. Blake's poem is a lot older as it was written in the seventeenth century and Turner's poem is modern and so there is a big difference between the two in languages. This is because language changes lot over the years and so would have developed differently. I will be describing the different tones in the languages and how the two poets write and portray the good and bad side of the cities etc. Turner uses repetitions in this poem. He uses words such as "Everyone", and "I", as he is talking about everyone in America. ...read more.

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Blake talks about the "Harlot's curse", an archaic word meaning a prostitute. She may have been forced into prostitution, as there were not many ways for women to make money back in the seventeenth century as only men worked in those days. Both poems include death in them. In Blake's poem, it describes, "The hapless soldiers sigh runs in blood down palace walls". It means the soldier is angry that he has been sent to war to almost certainly get killed. But in Turner's poem he talks about "the assassins roam and the murderers play". As in Blake's poem Turner also talks about prostitution and the diseases you can get from it which can kill. Both poets talk about the environment. The language used is different in both, mainly because one of them is modern and the other old. ...read more.

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However, Turner talks about exploitation of women going into prostitution. He writes it with joke-full humour and it is a lot more hidden than how Blake writes it. Blake is a bit more open and when he comes to talk about prostitution he writes it in a serious manner using no jokes or playful humour. Both poems have their own different tone. Blake's poem is very miserable and depressing. Turner's is more sarcastic about the bad side of the city as he uses phrases such as "where the huge hefners roam". From reading both I happen to prefer "It's great to be back" by Steve Turner. I think it portrays the city more, as it talks about the city, the environment, famous people, and the bad side of America. However "London" by William Blake is far more sad and depressing. It talks about the prostitutes in the night, but failed to write about anything joyous. William Falzon P1 ...read more.

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