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Compare two or more poems that convey different impressions about town life. Compare their purposes and techniques in writing these poems.

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Compare two or more poems that convey different impressions about town life. Compare their purposes and techniques in writing these poems. In this essay I will analyse and discuss the similarities and differences of four poems, all about relating to life in London: 'Symphony In Yellow' by Oscar Wilde, 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' by William Wordsworth, 'London' by William Blake, and 'Conveyancing' by Thomas Hood. I will aim to focus on the techniques used by the poets and the overall effect the poet is trying to create. I will later illustrate the similarities and differences between the poems and how they convey comparable impressions of London. In the late 18th and 19th century, the country life was seen to be peaceful and calm, and London in general was seen as a busy and hectic atmosphere. Oscar Wilde was born in 1854 and grew up in an intellectually bustling Irish household. His inspirations of London came when he visited the city, in order of fulfilling his dream of becoming famous. I would expect an idealistic impression of London from Wilde, as he looks up upon London and believes that it is the place in which he will gain a successful career. William Wordsworth was brought up in the Lake District where he became extremely familiar of the exquisiteness of the surroundings. ...read more.

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He uses antiquated words such as, "doth," and "ne-er" which gives a sense of the city being more special, "The city now doth." Wordsworth also uses similes such as, "like a garment, wear the beauty of the morning," suggests that the morning is the striking part, like a garment cloaking the reality of the city. It is a covering, a beautiful fa�ade that is only temporary while the morning lasts. The word "steep" means to be saturated in. The sun is completely saturating the hill; never did it more beautifully shine until it shone onto the buildings. The power of the sun if infusing all buildings with light. The effect given is that of the sheer radiance of sun, which is saturating everything. The metaphor, "That mighty heart" relates towards the human body; the heart, being the main organ, is at the centre. The heart pumps resources around and therefore gives life and feeds the rest of the city. Everything centres around the city, while country is a life-giving organ. "Touching and majesty"' in line 3 suggests awe and wonder, the poet is emotionally moved by the sight. It is a graceful and elegant sight that holds certain power that allows it to come across as commanding and reveal an impressive nature. ...read more.

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It is a version of a comedy poem with a punch that portrays London as a place of trade, poverty and stealing. The word "Bustling" suggests light-hearted action. Hood is being affectionate towards London but critical also, "no one ever stops." It suggests that the city is too busy, and life is always on the go, "loco-motion!" "Machine or man, or caravan," implies that people are always busy making and taking money. It also means that you can practically have anything if you pay for it. There is a lot of mention about the actual people in the city, and what happens in their life. Also, how they make an impact on how the city looks at a stereotypical perspective. There is talk about gambling, people getting drunk, and journalists. There are also jokes about horses being out of condition, "Then if you like a single horse, This age is quite a cab-age." This suggests the poverty and scarcity in the city. "Perched up to behind, at last to find, Your dinner is all dickey!" This is being critical of the cafes in London, and also of the standard of food that is served there. There is a satirical tone that is brought in throughout the poem, whence the positive and negative aspects are shown. Some of the words are italicised, this defines a certain emphasis on words that create a constant rhythm going. ...read more.

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