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Compare the ways in which Wordsworth and Blake describe LondonIn 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' and 'London'

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Compare the ways in which Wordsworth and Blake describe London In 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' and 'London' The poems 'London' and 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' were both written around the same time, early 1800's, late 1700's, but both give two very different views of the city of London. Wordsworth gives a positive view in his poem 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' by painting a picture for the reader of how beautiful the city is. Blake gives a very negative view in his poem 'London' by using lots of depressing, eerie sights and sounds to show his view on London. William Blake's poem is set in midnight London during the 1700's, the use of midnight symbolises the evil and horror of London "but most through midnight streets I hear". The writer presents an eerie atmosphere by setting the poem as if he is walking through London and he is seeing and hearing all the evil going on around him. ...read more.

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He writes as If he is walking round the streets of London noticing everything around him. Wordsworth creates a panoramic view of London by describing the fields, the buildings, the horizon and the countryside. Unlike Blake's poem, Wordsworth describes the good things about London. He also describes things such as the river Thames as a personification, to show it as free unlike the London Blake writes about. Blake writes about suffering, oppressed people in his poem, being controlled and chartered by the rich "Runs in blood down palace walls" He shows that people have no lives and no thought of their own "I wander through each chartered street " "the mind-forged manacles I hear" Blake picks out individuals to show no matter how different the people of London are, they are in the same depressed situation "how the chimney sweepers cry" " and the hapless soldiers sigh" Wordsworth does ...read more.

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He uses 4 beats per line to give a repetitive monotone feel to the poem, which makes the poem very oppressive. Wordsworth gives a very positive view, he does this by using a Petrarchan Sonnet. Sonnets are usually poems of love for another person but in this he writes about a city, showing that his love for London is similar to that of a person. William Blake's poem is written to give a social political message, to show the harsh reality of London from his point of view, it is a protest poem written to shock the reader. Wordworth's poem is to tell us how beautiful and unique London is at that exact moment in time, and to show his feelings for the city Niall Bradnick ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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