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Compare how London is presented in Blake's London and Wordsworth's composed upon Westminster bridge

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Compare how London is presented in Blake's London and Wordsworth's composed upon Westminster bridge Wordsworth was the son of a lawyer called John Wordsworth, he had three brothers and one elder sister. He wrote this poem in the year that the Earl died when he and his siblings could finally receive the inheritance of their mother and fathers deaths. Little more than a month later after writing the poem he married his childhood sweetheart Mary Hutchinson. This could have had some effect in his views and prospects in life after all he had suffered when he was a teenager. William Blake was born in 28a Broad Street, Golden square London on 28 November 1757, to a middle-class family. He was the third of seven children, who consisted of one girl and six boys, two of whom died in infancy. Blake's father, James, was a hosier. He never attended school, being educated at home by his mother. Blake rejected all forms of imposed authority and Blake's views on what he saw as oppression and restriction of rightful freedom extended to the Church. This could explain why he writes so negatively in his poem of London. ...read more.


However there is a reason behind this great misery. Blake conveys this to the reader by using a metaphor to suggest that the people in London are being restricted to what they are allowed to think, feel and do. The metaphor is "mind-forged manacles" the idea of restriction is conveyed through the use of the noun "manacle" a manacle is a restraint that goes around your wrists, therefore a mind-forged manacle suggests that the manacle is metaphorically in their minds and restricting there thoughts, feelings and emotions. And tying back in with when the poem was produced the Romantics resented the idea of restriction and encouraged the idea of freedom and self expression. And from the way Blake describes London in the poem London is anything but free allows your imagination to run a mock, which could explain hiss anger and general feelings to the city. This also Linking back to the point of this stanza life is made monotonous for the people in London because they are all thinking and feeling the same things there is no variety. In line 4, William Wordsworth uses personification to convey the idea that London itself is alive, and looks fabulous. ...read more.


In the final stanza, William Blake creates a negative picture of London by describing the dreadful life of a Harlot and how her life is now "plagued" forever.. Blake shows his disgust and hatred of the London he lived in. for example, he mentions the idea "Plague" for example, 'Blights With Plagues the marriage-hearse'. This suggests that even the happiest things, such as marriage are tarnished with disease. Blake also uses dark imagery to create a dark tone of the poem. There is also an example of juxtaposition in London when Blake put "marriage" and "hearse" together, suggesting marriage then death. The effect of placing a symbol of death next to marriage is suggesting that the happiest things in life are tarnished by disease, such as the plague, causing death. To conclude the two poets William Blake and William Wordsworth present there views on London by describing how they feel about the city, the lives of the people there and the natural and human built parts of the city. Both poets have contrasting vies of London. Wordsworth's view is very positive and focuses on the buildings and nature, where as Blake's poem delves deeper into the darker side of the city, looking at the miserable lives of the people and the corruption church and monarchy. By Sam Hall 10n1 ...read more.

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