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

Explore how the poets you have studied use different perceptions of London in order to convey thematic ideas

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Explore how the poets you have studied use different perceptions of London in order to convey thematic ideas William Blake, who wrote 'London', and William Wordsworth, who wrote 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' are two poets from the Romantic period of the nineteenth century. Both have written a poem describing their feelings for the city of London, but they were written ten years apart. This is shown when reading the poems, as the each gives a very different perception to the other. 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' is surprisingly written in the form of a Sonnet. A sonnet is composed of an octave first (eight lines) followed by a sextet (six lines). ...read more.

Middle

The use of the third person to describe the city gives an impression to the reader of personification, this allows the reader to empathise and relate to what the author is describing because instead of describing the subject as a mere object the author has given it a sense of character. Personification is present throughout the poem, for example, 'This city now doth, like a garment, wear the beauty of the morning; silent, bare'. The use of personification can be seen in how the city is described to be wearing the beauty of the morning like a garment, just like the inhabitants of London. This simile also says that the beauty that the city is wearing can be taken off as a garment can be. ...read more.

Conclusion

Wordsworth frequently uses words that convey the idea of calmness, silence and stillness. 'Asleep', 'calm', 'silent' and 'bare' are all effective adjectives that really create the image the poet is trying to convey of complete peace and undisturbed beauty; so much so that we actually see the image in our heads of what he is describing - empty, clean streets, clear air and complete silence while the city sleeps. The effect of the use of 'lying still', 'asleep' and the other similar words is heightened by our knowledge that very soon it will be full of bustle, noise and smoke. Blake's poem 'London' conveys completely different ideas about London. The rhyme scheme in this poem is very simple; 'AB AB' rhyming in four line stanzas. This rhyme scheme DOES SOMETHING I DON'T KNOW WHAT THOUGH BLAH BLAH ...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 Wordsworth 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 Wordsworth essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    Discuss the way in which Wordsworth and Heaney present nature and rural life in ...

    4 star(s)

    As seen from 'Daffodils' and 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' Wordsworth's poems are based on the themes of nature and pantheism. There is also an underlying fascination with how the mind works to be found in Wordsworth's poetry. Among the aspects that he explores are emotions; Wordsworth endeavours to reveal and

  2. How does Wordsworth explore knowledge and nature?

    Hence, he explores knowledge and wisdom in nature, as he believes it's all around us. Therefore, against or with your will one is learning all the time. Nature is portrayed as powerful and 'good', whereas man is the opposite. In 'Lines Written in Early Spring' personification is the most common of literary devices used.

  1. William Wordsworth's "Expostulation and Reply" and "Strange fits of passion have I known" - ...

    One particular powerful facet of poetry is its ability to easily conjure a spiritual response within the reader. Without this ability, in fact, a poem becomes more of an elaborate description, but a poem with the ability to involve the reader spiritually is a truly great one.

  2. What are the poet's feelings about the city and how does he convey those ...

    The very houses seam asleep, And all that mighty heart is lying still!" This is conveyed by the extreme punctuation and the hyperbole used within the language "Dear God!" A reader would not expect such phrases to be used in a poem although Wordsworth feels it necessary, because he has

  1. Explore the Romantic Aspects of At Least Four of the Poems That You Have ...

    and to represent his power, the tiger may be another form of God. Transcendence is represented by "wings". The wings symbolise the uplifting that God can generate. The poet goes on to another romantic aspect. This aspect being cosmic. "When the stars threw down their spears and water'd heaven with

  2. Looking at Six Poems You Have Studied, Discuss how they are Typical of the ...

    This poem is similar to the romantic genre because it criticises people living in the city and shows strong feelings against industrialisation, however, there is no nature mentioned in this poem which differs from the usual trend of the romantic era.

  1. Wordsworth and Milton, Sonnets and poems.

    It has a positive tone which is shown in the language like "O Lady bright," and "...a saintly Mind". 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge', 'Composed On a May Morning' and 'Sonnet to the Nightingale' are all tranquil poems.

  2. R.S Thomas and William Wordsworth. Compare and Contrast the works of two poets who ...

    'A few last leaves adding their decoration.' ' Braiding the cuffs of the boughs of gold;' The leaves have lost their green shade and have changed to a gold tint. We know that the lawn is full of dew as the lawn is acting like a mirror.

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