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Compare Blake's "London", and Wordsworth's "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802".

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Introduction

There are a lot of similarities between Blake and Wordsworth's poems, the obvious one being that they are both about London. The reader can tell this by the titles of the poems, Blake's is called "London", and Wordsworth's is called "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802". The first lines of both poems show quite different views of London. Blake's poem starts with, "I wander through each chartered," This suggests that in Blake's view London is set out like a map, and has strict rules, it is also in the first person. Wordsworth's first line is a contrast to this, "Earth has not anything to share more fair;" suggesting that London is a beautiful place and has a very positive view. It does however have one similarity to Blake's poem as it is also in the first person. Both poets mention the Thames in their poems. Blake says, "Near where through the chartered Thames does flow," this like the previous line in Blake's poem implies that the Thames, like the rest of London is set out strictly, and has no control over where it goes. ...read more.

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mention the habitants of London he give the idea that nowhere in London is the same by giving lists such as, "Ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie". This line also gives London an urban feel, although in the next line he says, "Open unto the fields, and to the sky;" By saying that Wordsworth gives the feeling that London is a perfect balance between a rural and an urban city. The final line of the second stanza in Blake's poem is a contrast to the beginning of the stanza as it ends the repetition of the word "every" previously in the stanza. It also gives the idea that the minds of the people in London are controlled by saying, "The mind-forged manacles I hear". In Blake's third stanza he goes on to say, "And the hapless soldier's sigh, Runs in blood down palace walls" This, like the first two lines of the stanza is very dark, it suggests that even the soldiers have given up and that the monarchy is corrupted. ...read more.

Conclusion

The very houses seem asleep; And all that mighty heart is lying still!" This perhaps suggests that London is like Heaven, and everything inside it is protected. Also, it is as if London has some unknown power that is dormant, as the cit is perfect and doesn't need to use it. Another similarity between the two poems is that both of them have regular rhyming patterns, and are both about city life. As I have already said I prefer Blake's poem out of the two as it seems to me to be more real and trust-worthy. Wordsworth's poem is too dreamy, and although it uses very beautiful, picturesque images it doesn't appeal to me as much. Also, the images in Blake's poem are a lot more sound related than in Wordsworth's, which I prefer as it is easier to imagine, and can give an individual image to the reader. This gives the reader more input to the whole of the poem as he can decide for himself how to interpret the poem. Compare and Contrast Blake and Wordsworth's Poems, Which Appeals to You More Daniel Wise 08/05/2007 ...read more.

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