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Compare "London" by William Blake and "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" by William Wordsworth.

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William Blake wrote the poem "London," set in the 1790s in the aftermath of the French Revolution, it is also the time of the industrial revolution. London is expanding rapidly and poverty is commonplace. It is a time of great wealth existing alongside great poverty. Therefore Blake describes two categories of people. Indeed he uses the most unfortunate sections of society to demonstrate this existence. In verse three he talks about the "hapless Soldiers sigh runs in blood down palace walls." From this quotation one would insinuate that Blake is stating the wealthy are building their luxury lifestyles of the suffering of the poor, i.e. V3 "The youthful Harlot" and V4 "The Hapless Soldier." Etc. The diction used in this poem creates an intense mood/atmosphere of depression or suffering, "Marks of weakness, marks of woe" is used to describe what he meets as he wanders the streets of London. ...read more.

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early morning. In comparison to "London" which focuses on the place and its people. "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" concentrates on London as a s place. "Dull would he be of soul who could pass by a sight so touching in its own majesty." Implies that a person who could pass by without noticing the "majestic" sight would be without sensitivity. The city is personified in the fourth line of the poem, "this city now doth like a garment" the personification used in conjunction with the simile of "like a garment.." makes the scene much more personal. Wordsworth lists the imposing landmarks in line six, which can distinguishes that he is relating to the wealthily side of London. The air is "smokeless" which clarifies that it is early morning, before industry begin, maybe this is why he believes that no scene from nature is as splendid as London. ...read more.

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"Epic" tells of the dispute between two farmers over a part of an acre, "half a rood of rock." The title is ironic as epic suggests that it would be a grand story involving important events, but it is actually quiet the opposite. Kavanagh compares the small dispute with the great event of Troy which started through a small row. For a time he thought the events of the outside world was more important than his personal life. He compares the "year of the Munich bother" with the situation and questions himself about "which was most important." This suggests that he believes his own lifestyle, position in life and indeed place takes priority over the global affecting events. Kavanagh creates a personal feeling by using names of local town lands such as "Ballyrush" and "Gortin." This creates as sense of familiarity. The concluding line "Gods make their own importance" implies that men make their own position in life. Which is what I believe he is striving to do with this poem. ...read more.

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