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Comparison Between Two Poems By Two Different Poets About London - Wordsworth and Blake

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Comparison Between Two Poems By Two Different Poets About London. William Blake and William Wordsworth's poems have influenced people from all over the world by the feelings that each of their poems have expressed, the ability which the poems have of captivating the reader's attention and the variety of differences each of the poets have with each other as well as the different perspectives each poet sees the world. William Blake as well as being an English poet, was renowned for his artwork and for his engraving. With these fairly random abilities and talents, Blake cold creates a unique from of illustrated verse. Born on the 28th November 1757, as the son of a hosier, Blake grew up as a Londoner and lived in London for the majority of his life where most of his inspiration as an artist in both poetry and painting originated. Beginning his life as a poet at an early age of twelve it is seen that Blake was able to give and show his views of London and its population as both a child and as an adult. Much of his work symbolises religion as many forms of animals and other forms of species. His contradictory view on life with poems like; 'the Lamb,' and its other half 'the Tyger,' show life and feelings from different perspectives. ...read more.

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The third verse continues the form of dramatic melancholy with the words: 'How the Chimney-sweeper's cry Every black'ning Church appals;' Refers to only one chimney sweep and not 'every' chimney sweep, as was the case at the beginning of the poem. Religion is brought into the poem here by references to the Church. However, these churches are portrayed as quite the opposite to what we would probably expect in the twenty-first century. In this poem, Blake conveys them to appal the cry of the Chimney sweep rather than show concern for the boy. Where it says 'black'ning Church', Blake could be trying to show that the churches were turning a blind eye to the suffering population of London as the colour black is usually associated with and symbolises death and hard-heartedness in our society. The remaining lines of the third verse which draws attention to soldiers could imply that Blake was trying to link together the suffering of people to the 'Seven Year War' which had affected Great Britain greatly during Blake's period. In this particular part of the verse, Blake indicates that maybe the number of people suffering extends to the outskirts and beyond London. The last lines of the verse: 'And in hapless Soldier's sight Runs in blood down Palace walls.' is a good use of imagery used by Blake. ...read more.

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He talks also to God about the splendours that he sees and how calm he seems to think London is. 'Dear God! The very houses seem asleep; And all that mighty heart is lying still!' This indicates that Wordsworth may believe that London is a place where there is opportunity. In some cases this can be agreed but in others it just shows how much a look can deceive. The poem which affected me most was the poem by Blake. The interesting parts of the difference of these poems were that they were written at different times, Blake's before Wordsworth's, and that they both emphasised on different things. Wordsworth's poem even though very descriptive and managing to capture the reader's imagination was not as effective as Blake's because Blake showed more of an insight to London which many of us in our society would and will never see. The way in which he was able to tell the story of only a few people's lives yet it seemed it was happening to everybody was equally effective. Hi use of imagery and puns made the reader think more about what he was feeling and how he was seeing London more than Wordsworth's poem. Another interesting perspective of these two poems was the fact that how much the view of a person living in London could differ so much from an outsider looking into the city. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tanya Siriwimala 10T ...read more.

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