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"Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" William Wordsworth and 'London' by William Blake express very different feelings about the sights and sounds of London. What are these feelings; why are they different and how do the words of the poets bring these feelings alive for you? William Wordsworth was a British poet and was born in 1770 and died in 1850. He attempted to connect many poems he published with descriptions of nature due to his love and appreciation of the wildlife. Wordsworth lived in the Lake District in the north of England. Poet William Blake was born in 1757 and died in 1827. The majority of his poems are commenting on social issues and problems. This means that Blake was a social commentator and therefore, linked his poems to social problems. He lived in London and witnessed a great change throughout London; part of this was the industrial revolution. He believed in equality and everyone should have an equal say. Wordsworth describes all the movements, sounds and smells on the Westminster Bridge. ...read more.

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Blake uses language techniques to reveal the characters appearances and opinions. The emotive language is shown in this quote: 'mark in every face I meet Marks of weakness, marks of woe' this shows the signs in 'every' person walking across the streets of London. Also 'every' is used in most sentences to emphasise that the majority of people look depressed and have many signs of 'weaknesses' due to the current state of London. The writer describes people collectively in the next paragraph for example: 'In every cry of every man' which shows the writers description of 'every man' and how each one is experiencing concerns due to the current state of London. Both poets have different purposes for each of their poems. William Wordsworth wanted to illustrate a positive image in the readers mind. However, William Blake wanted to be 'accurate' and criticise London's problems. William Wordsworth is inspired by the environment and comments on the nature involved in London.' The beauty of the morning' is one of the lines from his sonnet which show the reader his love for nature and that he wants to express his emotions through this poem. ...read more.

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He focuses on certain age groups of people and describes how problems in London can be connected with these children. He describes how prostitutes are spreading, "Youthful Harlots curse". This creates a bad image of the children and how they are becoming prostitutes at a very young age due to the lack of parental control and security throughout London. He also explains how "Chimney sweepers cry" due to the poor working conditions and therefore, will die at a young age due to lung deficiency. William Blake uses a popular rhyme scheme to convey certain points across to the audience. He also uses an A-B rhythmic scheme to convey his points. William Wordsworth is an optimist and conveys a positive image of London through his Westminster poem and connects London to a wildlife environment. William Blake uses emotive language to create a negative image of London. He uses facts but emotively describes them to bring forth the point to the reader's attention. I prefer William Blake's poem because I reckon it tells a more accurate story of London and his poem is supported by facts throughout the poem and isn't just poetic language. Jonathan Burgess, English Coursework, Mr Lovelock Jonathan Burgess, English Coursework, Mr Lovelock ...read more.

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