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Explore the poets attitudes towards London using three poems, "Conveyancing" by Thomas Hood, "Composed upon Westminster Bridge" by William Wordsworth and "London" by William Blake.

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Poems Explore the poet's attitudes towards London using two-three of the poems studied The three poems "Conveyancing" by Thomas Hood, "Composed upon Westminster Bridge" by William Wordsworth and "London" by William Blake are all written by male authors and all are set in London. "Conveyancing", by Thomas Hood is about movement from one place to another using different vehicles that were available, such as Gurneys, hackney carriages and horse drawn caravans, which were used in the Victorian times. This poem gives you the sense of how people traveled in the Victorian times. This poem uses humour and lighthearted jokes. An example of this would be "cab-age" here the poet uses this so that it rhymes with "Queen Mab age" and he uses this as to make a mockery of the word cabbage, whilst referring to the age or era of the cab. The poet picks out words and phrases from Shakespeare's plays such as "Queen Mab" who is a character from "Midsummer Might's Dream", she is the Queen of fairies and causes mischief that rides in a carriage made of nutshells. ...read more.

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Repetition is used in the poem to get the message though, "Never did" and "Never felt". Rhyme is also used to make the poem more appealing in order to maintain the rhythm, sided by iambic pentameter. The effect this has on the poem is that the last 6 lines have a regularly rhyme scheme which makes the poem more interesting. Metaphor is also used in this poem "mighty heart" this describes London as been the heart and the capital of the country. The poet's attitude towards London is very positive. He is in high spirits when seeing this wonderful view so early in the morning of London. Wordworth believes that this is the most beautiful place to be on "Earth" at that very moment. William Worthsworth also assumes that if you haven't seen this view then you have got no "spirit", because you are missing out on such a beautiful sight. ...read more.

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He writes about how the people are miserable. The mood of the poem is dull and wretched; it reflects to real life. The historical and cultural context tell us that in the Victorian era, the children were the chimney sweepers because they were small enough to get up there, this was also cruelty to the children as well as child labour, which you wouldn't see today. "Conveyancing" and "Composed Upon West Minister Bridge" show a comparison by giving a positive attitude towards London. "Conveyancing" talks about the movement of different transportation and "Composed Upon West Minister Bridge" talks about the beautifulness of the still city in the morning. "London" and "Composed upon Westminster Bridge" have two different scenes Wordsworth uses phrases such as "bright and glistening in the smokeless air" and "The beauty of the morning; silent, bare" to set a scene of calm glistening beauty, to create a kind of fairy-tale wonderland. Whereas Blake, uses the word "streets" twice in the context with "midnight" and "chartered" which create a dull scene. "Conveyancing" and "London" both have a sad tone towards the poem. ...read more.

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