• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Blake section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Blake essays

  1. William Blake- subject, language and form

    The rhyme scheme is ABAB although odd Para-rhymes are present for example "fly" and "mystery". Many components of this poem echo the bible such as imagery and words. The first stanza has an arrogant tone one which is strange to Blake's writing.

  2. In what ways did the Romantic poets capture the readers' attention throughout the poems?

    this new way of thinking would have undoubtedly attracted much attention form the public as a new and exciting topic of writing as a result. Essentially, Shelley intends the intellectual reader to interpret the poem as this metaphor and he believes that everything, eventually - given enough time - will

  1. William blake Poetry

    filled with thorns" this visual description makes us feel sad for the children. This could also be compared to Jesus' crown of thorns and his hard life and how they are being put into the public eye for the wrong reasons.

  2. Analysis on London by W Blak

    The Bible suggests marks of sin should be punished; they are a symbol of damnation, however for many of the people who live in London that bear the marks are unavoidable. It is the poor people who are the most vulnerable to sin, contrary to what Jesus preached, as they are forced to follow in their fathers' footsteps.

  1. Blake & Wordsworth were both Romantic Poets, yet their visions of London are opposed ...

    eulogistic view, and it contrasts the view of Blake in which he portrays a gloomy, depressing and dark tone and perhaps he is trying to show his internal struggle by this. As we can see throughout this poem Wordsworth uses argumentative punctuation which suggests he is trying to persuade the readers that the city is beautiful.

  2. Compare the view of London presented in the two poems and explain how it ...

    Though, he is talking mainly of polluted fog, an omnibus and a wharf he creates a picture of beauty in the readers mind. He describes the yellow, sulphur-filled fog as a 'yellow silken scarf' as if it were as precious as silk.

  1. London is a city which was never planned.

    Today the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have private suites in the North Wing, overlooking Green Park. Their home is open to around 30.000 guests in summer, attending garden parties. The entry costs around 20 pounds a person. The gardens have a lake, cascading water and the wild life include flamingoes.

  2. 'Modernist writers disturbed their readers by adopting complex and difficult new forms and styles'. ...

    Woolf's solution to this problem is to invent a poetic style that, ironically, relies heavily upon the devices of personification and animism. The shadows of the trees 'made obeisance on the wall', 'loveliness and stillness clasped hands in the bedroom', 'light bent to its own image in adoration on the

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work