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Introduction

Compare Echoing Green and London. 'Echoing Green' and 'London' are bipartite poems written by William Blake. Blake introduces 'Echoing Green' in a positive way; however, he contradicts 'Introduction' with William's other poem 'London', which is intensely depressing. They both have one similar major theme and that is nature, even though they both give different opinions and ideas about it. In 'London', Blake was trying to express the ghostly lifelessness of London by showing signs of life but never life itself, except, again, for the beginning 'Marks of weakness, marks of woe.' In contrast to, 'Echoing Green', where it gives merry sounds and images which accompany the children playing outdoors: 'While our sports shall be seen'. The mood of 'Echoing Green' is very calming and refreshing; the children are linked to innocence. ...read more.

Middle

On the other hand, in 'Echoing Green' the language is more positive, also he believes we are not prisoners of our own mind, but we are to enjoy our youth, nature and let the imagination roam free. Blake depicts the suffering of the people in London, with the repetition of 'every' in the second stanza. It shows the universality of conflict- that every man is suffering. In this stanza there are links between infant and man, suggesting a loss of innocence. The repetition of 'cry' provides a sense of mourning for everyone's lack of freedom. Nevertheless, in 'Echoing Green', the children travel on the wings of leisurely fancy and float far into the realm of calm and sweet childhood joy; unaware of the pains and cutting realization they are going to encounter as the years fall in on them. ...read more.

Conclusion

Moreover a sad mood prevails over him as he realizes the approaching death. So the harbinger of death is symbolized by the evening as the evening shadows creep on the green announcing the arrival of night-death. The green takes on an unpleasant and sordid look. The game ends! So does the life. The children return to their homes to rest. The home symbolizes the grave and the rest is the eternal rest. This is further seen in London, where death is around the corner, with diseases and 'blights'. Overall, these poems mostly contradict each other; however there are some comparisons, such as the use of nature, the idea of death. They are a bipartite. London shows the reader the idea of change, while Echoing Green shows the readers the idea of life and death also the theme of change. ...read more.

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