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Discuss the different views of London presented in "London" and "Composed upon Westminster Bridge , September 3, 1802".

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Discuss the different views of London presented in "London" and "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802" "London" is a poem by William Blake and was written in 1794 and is a very contrasting poem from "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802". Both were written within a decade of each other but both have very contrasting views of London. Blake's poem is political where Wordsworth's is almost romantic as it is written in Sonnet form. "London" is a view of the city as seen through the eyes of William Blake- a Londoner and very religious but against the established church. "Westminster Bridge" on the other hand is a view of London as perceived by a visitor who is used to living in the countryside. "London" is about the people and uses a lot of metaphors to describe the situation of the people. ...read more.

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In my opinion, this extract suggests that this view of London is superficial and is disguised by his joy at travelling to post-revolutionary France to see his nine-year-old daughter for the first time and 'the beauty of the morning'. like a garment disguises the human body. In "London" William Blake understands the people of London and he tries to express this with the line, 'The mind-forged manacles I hear.' Both these poems are very powerful and were written to express a strong view. Blake's poem "London" contrasts with Wordsworth's "Westminster Bridge" in several ways. Not only do their views of London differ vastly, but there are also some phrases which are virtually opposite in meaning. For example: 'The river glideth' (in "Westminster Bridge")which implies that the river is free contrasts starkly with 'chartered Thames' (in "London") ...read more.

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I think both poems show different sides of London. "London" shows a side of the city that is not widely known or thought about but "Westminster Bridge" explores the side of London that people expect to see and visit. I think this is because "London" is written by William Blake who lives in London and wants to see massive changes in the way the country is run. Blake's poem is rhetorical and is meant to stir up a feeling of unfair treatment. Wordsworth's "Westminster Bridge" however is probably a poem describing the way the city looked at a particular time when Wordsworth was feeling happiest. I think his view may have been 'clouded' by his mood because, on his return from France later that year, he writes the opposite view in "London 1802". I think this shows how his trip to France where he saw the difference the revolution had made changed his mind. ...read more.

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