• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Compare several pre - 20th century poems and say if they are socially and historically interesting.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Compare several pre - 20th century poems and say if they are socially and historically interesting All these poems have something in common. Every poem has its own socially or historically interest to it. Blake is a man who is socially and historically ahead of his time. William Blake wrote 'The Little Black Boy' at the time of the slave trade. Straight away in this poem Blake writes it as if it is coming from a child's voice. For example 'my mother bore me'. This shows that 'bore' tells us that this is a pre 20th century word for gave birth to. This also shows that if Blake writes it in a child's voice then people will take notice, but if it is in an adult's voice then people won't bother to listen. Blake is also trying to point out that black people and white people are equal. For example 'I am black but my soul is white'. This shows that they are not the same because blacks were different in those days. William Blake also says that if you are black then no one will care for you or take notice of you. ...read more.

Middle

This shows me that blacks can take the heat and whites burn. The black boy wants to be like the white boy. For example 'be like him' and then 'he will love me'. This wouldn't happen in those days that's why this poem is historically interesting because times have changed and white and black people are now equal. In 'The Little Black Boy' William Blake is criticising the slave trade, and in 'The Little Vagabond' William Blake is criticising the Church, so these two poems are similar. They are also similar on how William Blake writes both these poems in a child's voice. This 'Little Vagabond' lives in the 'cold church' were it is very emotional. Yet again Blake is catching your attention by writing it in a child's voice. For example 'Dear Mother'. This shows that he is telling his feelings to God. Blake puts across the idea that if people want people to go to church then they have to make it more appealing. For example 'give us ale, a pleasant fire and food'. This shows me that the church is not doing this therefore children are going to 'ale-houses' and thinking 'it's healthy, pleasant and warm'. ...read more.

Conclusion

For example 'has not anything to show more fair'. This shows me that there is nothing as beautiful as this view. Wordsworth is also saying that you would be dull not to realise that this is a beautiful sight. For example 'dull he would be of soul who could pass by'. This shows me that Wordsworth has taken time to stop and that he felt something and wanted to write it down to share his experience. Wordsworth is saying the morning is 'silent' and 'bare'. This shows that he doesn't mean there's nothing there he means the ugliness has gone and there is only beauty left. Wordsworth talks about how he can see 'fields'. I find this historically interesting because you would never find a field in London today. Wordsworth also comments on how the air is 'smokeless'. This shows that normally you would see fumes coming out of the chimneys in the day but you don't at dawn. The poet also comments on when the sun comes up it lights the 'valley, rock, or hill'. I find this historically interesting because this tells me its open landscape. Wordsworth is making London into a human by using 'heart is lying still'. This shows me that London is not pumping away with its river traffic and people. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Blake section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Blake essays

  1. We have been looking at pre 20th century poetry and three different poets' views ...

    London This poem is full of despair. When the poet lived in London at the time in the 19th century, living conditions were appalling. Houses were little more then hovels and were built close together with no privacy and no inside toilets.

  2. Eighteenth century poetry consisted of several types of literature including ode, elegy, epistle, verse ...

    This is revealed through a dream the little boy had when, "an Angel who had a bright key...opened the coffins and set them all free."

  1. 'On Another's Sorrow.'

    This is an example of how the rhyming couplet is used to express a complete thought, which in this instance is can you see grief and not try to find relief from it. Blake uses quite powerful images to illustrate pity and sorrow and the power of God.

  2. In my essay I will give some information on William Blake's history and also ...

    became more experienced and started thinking for himself to work out life isn't all "lovey dovey." The Lamb talks of the purity and sweetness of God hence the Lamb, but in the Tiger, William has come to his own conclusion that God has created evil when he is not supposed to do so.

  1. A comparison between Jean Rhys and Una Marson

    'the embodiment of rampant sexuality' resulting in his taking of her virginity, abandoning her to prostitution but also leading to as Veronica Clegg observes 'a loss of temporal referents'17 Anna's stepmother, Hester, also attempts to impose an identity upon Anna which not only conflicts with Anna's own sense of identity but is also based around stereotypical perceptions.

  2. "To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art- that is intimacy, spirituality, ...

    These aural images convey the negative effects and emotions that can be found within the people of London. The tactile image of the "mind-forg'd manacles" is also particularly interesting as it is an example of figurative language rather than literal.

  1. London Before The Great Fire.

    Subsequently, Jane told Samuel that three hundred houses had been destroyed and the Fire was near London Bridge. This made Samuel decide that he should go out and check that his house was not in danger. Pepys hired a boat to travel on the Thames.

  2. "How the population of Deptford has changed from 1945-1999".

    According to sources A and B (factual texts) many people migrated to Britain because after the war so much British men and women were killed that there wasn't enough people to rebuild Britain. So in ' 1948 the Britain government passed a Nationality Act' allowing all colonial and commonwealth citizens to become a British citizen.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work