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Comparison Of "Composed Upon West Minster Bridge" And "London" In major cities across the world, glamour, money, prestige and opportunity flourish. However, in many of these cities, this is only the lining which hides away the other side of the city. The two poems are "West Minster Bridge" by William Wordsworth, and "London", by William Blake. These are two poems a are about the capital city of England, London. It shows the appearance in one, and the reality in the other. "London" shows the pain and the plight of the common man, whereas "Composed upon West Minster Bridge," displays how the rich thrive and prosper, by creating a smoke screen to hide themselves from this poverty. The first poem is some one who is visiting London for the first time, and has lived in the country. He has expectations of a grubby, smoky place, yet is greeted by a slightly diluted view of London. ...read more.


poet has gone to a fairly prestigious part of London, and has found a sign of beauty, and hence he has been "disallowed" to look at the poverty. However, the way he describes London could also have some thing to do with his up bringing in the country. He may well have seen beggars, tramps, poverty and suffering, but because he ahs never experienced this he could pass it of as something else. Another part of this is the way that he compares the building that he sees on the London sky line, to geographical features. Another comparison is the way the two writers set the poem out, in as style representative of that they are writing about. In the second poem, it is set out in paragraphs, as if there was lots more stories to tell. However, in Poem one, it is one big story, as if it was one big thing, with no splits, one whole of thing of beauty and tranquility. ...read more.


is angry over a unwanted pregnancy, which is consuming her money which she so desperately needs. Also, Blake uses an oxymoron to show us just how bad the situation is for the poor in London; it is come to the stage that the plague has killed so many people that they are having to use a marriage carriage as hurse. Not only this, but these are the two happiest moments in a persons life, and Blake has combined them together to create an oxymoron. In conclusion, I believe that my favorite poem out of them is Blake's. This is because he is writing a poem to try and get the rich to comprehend and do something about the suffering, whereas Wordsworth is encouraging people to come to the cities, and fall into the inevitable poverty trap. I believe also that these two poems are still true of today's society, maybe not with these problems, but with others. There are still people who are been persecuted by the rich to make them even richer. ...read more.

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