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How Do Blake And Wordswords Respond To Nature And What Other Influences Are There In Their Poetry?

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How Do Blake And Wordswords Respond To Nature And What Other Influences Are There In Their Poetry? This essay will examine how Blake and Wordsworth respond to nature and other influences in their poetry. The poems that shall be analysed are A Poison Tree, Holy Thursday, London, Daffodils, Composed Upon Westminster Bridge and The World Is Too Much With Us. Each poem will be analysed individually then compared to other poems. William Blake and William Wordsworth are both Romantic poets. The Romantic era was a dramatic change in literature. Before the Romantic era there were the Augustans. The Augustans wrote about the aristocrats. The Romantic poets chose to write about the wild untamed nature and "simple unrefined folk". The purpose of their poetry was to celebrate the imagination and freedom of the common person. During the Romantic era there were many revolutions taking place. In England the industrial revolution was taking place. There was also the French Revolution and the American Revolution. In both Blake's and Wordsworth's poetry there is an unmistakeable influence form these revolutions. 1. In "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" Wordsworth is describing how beautiful London is when viewed from Westminster Bridge. ...read more.


A new born child is not a happy event and continues the cycle of misery. The wedding carriage is seen as a hearse leading to some kind of funeral, therefore implying death that marriage is the end of a person's life. The use of the word "plagues" suggest sexually transmitted diseases which the "youthful harlot" would pass on to others. The poem is written in four stanzas with four lines in each stanza. The first three lines of each stanza have eight syllables fourth lines only have seven. The lines are written in iams. This gives a slow and solemn effect, like a funeral march. There is a rhyming pattern of ABAB in each stanza. This also contributes to the slow and sombre beat that the poem has. 2. "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" and "London" are both poems about London however they have very different outlooks on the city. In "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" the language is buoyant and optimistic. Blake's poem goes into detail about the truth of London. Wordsworth's view was so different from Blake's because he did not get involved with London's daily trials and tribulations. Wordsworth only saw the outer shell of London. ...read more.


Blake wrote two poems called "Holy Thursday" the first was a song of innocence and the second a song of experience. The song of experience is much darker and savage than the song of innocence. From the opening stanza onwards, in the song of experience, the tone is questioning the "usurous" system of society. In there second stanza there is a paradox. Blake writes about a "trembling cry" and in the next line a "song of joy". This emphasises that the children should not be so unhappy in a "fruitful land". The "fruitful land" could be a place or it could be a metaphor for children born into happy families. At the end of the second stanza Blake writes " It is a land of poverty!" Form that line onwards the poem describes the place where the children are. The place is a horrible "bleak" and "bare", it is "eternal winter there". In the last stanza Blake is being incredibly naive. He write about if there is rain and sunshine then people can never be hungry or depressed. If the "fruitful land" is England, where it does rain and there is sunshine, there is still poverty and hunger there. This then implies that "fruitful land" is a metaphor for a feeling. There are four stanzas and each stanza has four lines. Each line has seven syllables in it. ...read more.

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