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Compare 'London', by William Blake, and William Wordsworth's untitled poem, composed on Westminster Bridge

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Compare London Poems 'London', by William Blake, and William Wordsworth's untitled poem, composed on Westminster Bridge, are two different poems written with different styles and techniques to portray their feelings towards London. They are both written in the romantic era and are very passionate in the way they convey their (as both are written in first person) differing opinions on London. Wordsworth's sonnet shows all the positive points and that in his opinion London is an admirable place. However, Blake speaks of a much bleaker London, which contrasts greatly in opinion. Rather than writing his poem on opinion, he uses fact to inform and protest against what he feels is wrong with the city. ...read more.

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The rhymes however are consistent, every other line rhymes. This can represent the regimented, predictable nature, reflected in the industry and mechanisation. The contrast to the flowing poem of Wordsworth is evident and makes obvious that the poet's views differ, regarding London. The language also differs between each writer, along with the views and messages they are trying to advertise. Wordsworth use of words is used effectively, instead of relying on techniques to display his love of London. He uses a lot of rich majestic language such as 'glittering', 'splendour', 'beauty' and 'majesty' itself. This language shows the poem to be very emotional. ...read more.

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He also uses metaphors, 'every blackening church appals', which other than the literal meaning of grime and soot, is referring to a protest against the church, and voicing his view that Blake believes that it is not helping society when they should be. Examples of alliteration and onomatopoeias are present (such as 'hapless soldier's sigh'). All the techniques and devices help to give the impression of mechanisms to help give the idea of industry. However, Blake also uses his choice of words to reflect upon his unaffectionate attitude towards the city. He uses lots of morbid and gothic type language (typical of the romantic era) to show in his opinion that London isn't such a fantastic place to live and be inside. ...read more.

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