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Compare haw the poets present the city of London in Blake's 'London' and Wordsworth's 'Composed on Westminster Bridge' William Wordsworth was born April 17th 1770, and died April 23rd 1850. William Blake was born on November the 28th in 1757 and died August 12th 1827. He believed everything should be free. Blake designed his own mythology, which was based mainly upon the Bible and on Greek mythology. Blake commented that he had to "create a System, or be enslav'd by another Man's." Blake published 'London' in 1794, within 'Songs of Experience.' It is the only poem in the book which does not have a corresponding poem in 'songs of innocence.' The poem was published just after the French Revolution, and Blake felt that the state was abandoning those in need. The poem reflects the unpleasant truth he saw in London. Wordsworth's 'Westminster Bridge' was published in 1802. The poem is a 'beautiful and calm still life scene' showing what Wordsworth thought of life in Westminster. ...read more.


and industrialized things. A phrase in the poem; 'Dull would he be of soul who could pass by,' emphasises haw the atmosphere of the city can affect peoples soul. He's saying that if you could just walk past the city, without stopping or seeing beauty, you must be a very dull person. I think this phrase is quite effective as it's quite personal, which gets my interest to see that he is emphasising his beliefs that the city is more beautiful than the people in it. Unlike Blake, Wordsworth sees the city as released, peaceful and free. In 'London,' Blake thinks everyone is innocent, and it's the governments' fault that everything is bound to the city. The innocent people seem to be troubled; 'in every cry of every man,' about the situation, because their innocence appears to be corrupted from the governments 'wrong decisions,' and making people feel like they are just another item, belonging to the city. ...read more.


Wordsworth uses a lot of strong metaphors to express his positive feelings about Westminster. "The beauty of the morning, silent, bare...ships, towers...all bright and glittering in the smokeless air." He takes beauty from things that are quite relaxed, but still stand out. This expresses beauty from a natural way, reflecting onto industrialized things, making them seem more beautiful than they are. Blake uses quite negative metaphors to express his views though, making you see London from a different perspective, helping to amalgamate opinions. "I wander through each chartered street, near where the chartered Thames does flow" provides quite a negative observation about the same place as Wordsworth provides a positive view about. In 'London,' Blake doesn't really talk about positive things; conflicting Wordsworth's perspective, who doesn't really talk about negative things within the city. They both use very powerful metaphors; making certain things which you could not notice, stand out more than the rest. I think Wordsworth has got his point across very well as he has used more effective metaphors and I get more imagery from 'Upon Westminster Bridge' than in 'London.' ?? ?? ?? ?? Shauni ...read more.

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