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Consider how the poets W. Blake and W. Wordsworth differ in their treatment of the city of London in their poetry.

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Consider How The Poets W. Blake and W. Wordsworth Differ In Their Treatment Of The City Of London In Their Poetry Both English Romantic Poets William Blake and William Wordsworth were living in the 18th century. Their poems are about the rapidly becoming, largest and most wealthy city in the world, London. Although, they wrote about the same city, their views are completely different. Blake lived in the city; therefore he was more familiar with the metropolis. Wordsworth, on the other hand, lived in the country. This made it somewhat astounding when he wrote about this particular subject. Wordsworth was known for his nature poems. So writing about London was not only suprising for his readers, but for him himself. ...read more.

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For example, in the third verse Blake writes about war, poverty and tyranny. Blake thinks the chimney-sweeps, which were young boys, suffering should disgust the religious, but they just yet it go one. The palace that is talked about in the third verse symbolizes the tyrant, who for men needlessly die. The soldier represents all who have died in the service of the state. These are social evils, which Blake wishes to draw to the reader's attention. Wordsworth's poem is in the form of a Petrarchan Sonnet. Sonnets are usually to do with love, so writing his poem as a sonnet helps him express his love for London in the morning. This also gives the effect of love and fairness to the reader. ...read more.

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In the fourth and fifth line of Wordsworths poem, "This City now doth, like a garment, wear the beauty of the morning; silent, bare" he uses personification. William Wordsworth compares the city to a beautiful woman and the morning sky to a silk dress. He is saying that the quiet city matches the morning sky like an elegant woman lady wearing a beautiful garment. Poems, "London" by W. Blake and "Upon Westminster Bridge" by W. Wordsworth are two great poems and there aims are explained clearly within the text. Both poets have put forth their views in a unique way, using techniques such as metaphors, personification and hyperbole. Wordsworth was able to show his opinion of the metropolis, by comparing it to the beauty of nature, which he wrote about often. Duane Harbron Comparing to poems ...read more.

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