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Comparison between, Composed Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth and London by William Blake

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Comparison between, Composed Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth and London by William Blake London is the capital and heart of England and symbolises British royalty and politics. I am going to compare "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" which was composed in 1802 and "London" which was composed in 1792. Both poems are about London but the city is viewed in very different ways and at different times of the day. From the start of each of the poems there are comparisons and contrasts between them. Even the titles portray them as being written from different perspectives. Both titles are very clear about what will be in the poems so therefore setting the scene. Blake's poem is written from within the streets of London and among its people and in the first person, " I wander through each chartered street", Whereas, Wordsworth is just viewing the city from above and is not part of it like Blake, rather he is surveying London from "Westminster Bridge", which is a magnificent structure and allows him a panoramic view of the city. ...read more.

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"in every voice, in every ban" The word "forged" conjures up images of hot pokers and hammers. It is as if they have been moulded in the fiery hell which is London. It as though London is a prison and everyone has a life sentence. Unlike Wordsworth's poem which describes London as being free and open. "Open unto the fields". According to Blake the population of London is totally restricted in though and deed, where as Wordsworth's views a population that has access to calmness and relaxation. "Ne'er saw I, never felt, calm so deep!" In Blake's third verse his main point is about the blackness and dirt of London. However Wordsworth also comments on London's environment, but he uses such language to portray London as a perfect city. Blake portrays London as wearing grime, soot and blood, "Blackening church" "Blood down palace walls" Wordsworth's is similar in the way that he uses intense description and personifies London implying that the city bears her beauty like a woman. "Like a garment, wear the beauty of the morning" Wordsworth says London is "touching in its majesty" Blake contrasts this because he thinks London's majesty is tired, fed up and anyone involved is "hapless". ...read more.

Conclusion

Wordsworth is up high on the bridge surveying London from above; he is away from the dirty back streets and the commoners, "Composed upon Westminster bridge" When he composed it was in the morning when all the people were asleep the factories hadn't lit their Furnace's yet so of course the air was smokeless. "The beauty of the morning" "smokeless air" So the reason why both poems are biased is because one is composed at midnight when it is dark and dingy and only harlots are about the back streets and he is among them, the other written when London is still asleep, the sun is rising and he is just looking down upon the people. One of the composer's lives and works in London so has experiences the worst of it and is now sick of it and the other lives in Lake District and is visiting so it would be an experience for him to looking over all the buildings. This last paragraph is much better explained in title of each poem "London" this clearly means the poem is London. "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge September 3 1802" this poem is clearly about being on Westminster Bridge on the third of September 1802. ?? ?? ?? ?? Finlay Simpson ...read more.

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