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Compare the way William Wordsworth and William Blake describe London in there poems

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Compare the way William Wordsworth and William Blake describe London in there poems Both these poems were written at around the turn of the 19th century, in Georgian times, to illustrate the authors' views on the City of London and both poems use their structure to emphasise the words in them. William Blake's 'London' is written in four, four line stanzas. Each line of each verse has the same number of syllables; this creates an almost mechanical effect. Each verse of the Blake poem attacks a different aspect of London. It is clear that Blake found London a very corrupt and immoral place. Westminster Bridge was written by William Wordsworth, Wordsworth gives an idealistic view of London which I think makes the poem more favourable in addition, it is a sonnet and most sonnets were written as love poems that praise things. ...read more.

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He gives the image of the soldier's sigh running in blood down palace walls. Here he is attacking the monarchy and government for condemning young men to death by sending them off to fight in foreign wars. Many of the words in Blake's poem have more than one meaning . In the first line he talks of London's 'chartered' streets. Chartered can be interpreted to mean responsibility of the church or state, on the other hand it can be used to mean freely immoral. Taken in context with the rest of the poem I consider it to mean freely immoral as further on in the poem he alludes to prostitution, and other corrupt activities. Wordsworth uses metaphors and similes in the poem to make the city seem quiet and peaceful. ...read more.

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Blake uses repetition when he refers to the marks on peoples faces, 'marks of weakness, marks of woe.' he repeats them as if to say that no-one can escape the misery of life in the city. He uses the word 'cry' several times to emphasise how scared the children were. The Wordsworth poem is slightly less melodramatic in its outlook as it describes London as one moment in the morning. It has nothing in it that could relate to London's people of what the future holds for them. The Wordsworth poem is more charged in the penultimate line where he says 'dear God! the very houses seem asleep!' He is so overwhelmed by the tranquillity of London that he feels the need to bring in Gods name. In contrast nowhere in Blakes poem does he use direct speech to heighten any of the emotions. Charlotte Cheshire ...read more.

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