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COMPARE THE WAYS IN WHICH WILLIAM BLAKE & WILLIAM WORDSWORTH DESCRIBLE LONDON AND ITS EFFECTS ON THEM IN THEIR POEMS "COMPOSED UPON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE, SEPTEMBER 3RD 1802" AND "LONDON"

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30/05/08 COMPARE THE WAYS IN WHICH WILLIAM BLAKE & WILLIAM WORDSWORTH DESCRIBLE LONDON AND ITS EFFECTS ON THEM IN THEIR POEMS "COMPOSED UPON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE, SEPTEMBER 3RD 1802" AND "LONDON" William Blake had a very eventful lifetime, which perhaps influenced his poems and to add to this Blake was very religious which could also have an effect on his poems. He was once an artist, a religious painter as well as a religious believer, but was also a phenomenal poet. He is known as the father of romantics as he is the one who took it off its feet and really explored into it. His book was called `Songs of Innocence and Experience` and `London` can be found in the `experience` part of the book as this was classed as an unnatural poem in his work, therefore it was not in the innocence part because it was a natural poem. Wordsworth spent most of his time in the Lake District and through hard work and determination, got involved with the romantics and wrote the poem `Composed Upon Westminster Bridge`. Romanticism is a complex artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in the second half of the 18th century in Western Europe, and gained strength during the Industrial Revolution. ...read more.

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The other idea is that a curse was put upon royalty and this is why everything is evil and not going the way it should be. However, looking more deeply into the poem, into the structure, we can see further ways Blake emphasises his ideas. Firstly, the lines of the poem are short. This makes the poem more compressed and gets to the point quickly. The short lines also make the rhymes more noticeable and these make up a beat. The compression makes the poem more complex and crowded, with a sense of anger and disbelief. Secondly, the repetition of the words in the stanzas gives us the feeling that everything is the same, everything has to be kept in line, and everything is now nothing. "Chartered, chartered, Every, every, every" This quote shows the repetition of the two key words. Chartered, this is important because the repetition emphasises that everything is controlled. Every, this one is important because he makes sure that the reader knows that it isn't just the odd one or most of them, it is every single one. There is also a build up of emotion throughout the poem, strongly growing in intensity. ...read more.

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In the dark, there wander mysterious figures, prostitutes, and the sound of the city. This is why Blake's London has a 'dark' side to it - it is written to describe London at night. Looking at Wordsworth's poem, morning is a time when again everyone is asleep (very early morning) and the sun is rising, saturating the wonderful view in an almost illuminating sunlight, reflecting off the dew to create a shimmering effect. The air is clean as all the smoke has been lifted over night and is fresh, swept away by the wind, clean and gleaming in the sun. This gives me a sense of pride for the city at its best - organic yet urbanised. Wordsworth is describing a 'London morning'. To conclude, we can see that Wordsworth's poem has given us a contrasting view of London in the nineteenth century to that of Blake's. Blake claims that London is a rule-based society, filled with corruption, dirtiness, and prostitutes, whereas Wordsworth comes across with the idea of a greater London that is natural, pure and always bright, just as if it should belong in a better place than earth. BRADLEY JONES ...read more.

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