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Compare the ways in which Wordsworth and Blake express very different feelings about the sights and sounds of London in "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" and "London".
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Compare the ways in which Wordsworth and Blake express very different feelings about the sights and sounds of London in "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" and "London"
William Blake and William Wordsworth were both key figures of the Romantic era. Characterized by its emphasis on passion, emotion and creativity, the Romantic Movement occurred in Europe in the late eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries. Blake's "London"(1794) and Wordsworth's "Composed upon Westminster Bridge"(1803) are good examples of poems from the Romantic era, as both poets share a sense of emotional involvement in their works. However, similarities between the two do not extend beyond their common theme: London. Blake's dark and bitter portrayal of the city contrasts sharply with Wordsworth's awe-struck account of a sunrise viewed from Westminster Bridge. Contrasts can be found in all aspects of the two poems, and both poets used a variety of techniques to effectively express their very different feelings about the sights and sounds of London.
The tone in Blake's London is one of bitterness and negativity, with him using such words as "weakness" and "woe". The theme of the poem is a wide description of London, but also specifically focuses upon the people and how
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