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How do Blake and Wordsworth respond to nature and what other influences are there in their poetry?

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How do Blake and Wordsworth respond to nature and what other influences are there in their poetry? What natural influences did Blake and Wordsworth respond to in their poetry? Blake and Wordsworth were under different influences stemming from their childhood. Wordsworth's pleasant and simplistic life style in the country, contrasted with the harsh reality of life experienced by Blake in the City of London. This essay analyses how both poets expressed their very different views of London through their use of themes, word devices, structure and tone. Blake and Wordsworth were both born into the countryside lifestyle. Wordsworth spent all of his childhood living in the Lake District; this is reflected in his positive and na�ve themes which permeate his poetry. He developed a keen love of nature and as a youth frequently visited places noted for their scenic beauty. His poetry as a youth, although fresh and original in content, reflected the influence of the formal style of 18th-century English poetry. Later on in his life the Romantic Movement took place, this influenced Wordsworth to drop the themes of artificial classicism and focus on nature; this signified a revolt against the artificial classicism of contemporary English verse. ...read more.

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Therefore Wordsworth's poem Composed upon Westminster Bridge is a song of na�ve innocence compared to Blake's poem "London" which is a song of bitter experience. Both Poems use their structure to emphasise the content. William Blake's London is written in four, four line stanzas with identical syllable count in every line; this creates a regimented, almost mechanical effect. It uses alternate line rhyming which emphasises the word at the end of each line. In contrast Wordsworth's poem is written in the form of an Italian sonnet, ABBA CDDC EFFE GG this combined with the identical syllable count and iambic pentameter rhythm creates a peaceful affect slowing down the speed of the poem. Wordsworth uses symbolism through theme's to convey his views. Wordsworth speaks about the beauty of the world, "The beauty of the morning; silent, bare," displaying an innocent view of life. This links with another recurring theme used by Wordsworth, life; he uses personification frequently to enhance the atmosphere, to show even though the people are sleeping there is still life in London. ...read more.

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He continues this personification giving the river "a sweet will", creating an image of peace in society. In contrast, Blake uses alliteration and assonance to enhance the dreary atmosphere in London, "Marks or weakness, marks of woe" and "charter'd Thames." Blake also uses many similes and metaphors to express his view of London, "And the hapless Soldier's sigh, Runs in blood down Palace walls." In summary, Blake and Wordsworth were under different influences, Blake tended to write about the affect the environment had on the emotions of people, whereas Wordsworth focused his writing on the physical aspect of London. Wordsworth was heavily influenced by the natural beauty of the physical world and its tranquillity. However Blake was more interested in the sociology of man. The quote that epitomizes Wordsworth's work is, "Ne'er saw I, never felt a calm so deep." This is the quintessence of Wordsworth's work as it expresses his na�ve innocence. The quote that epitomizes Blake's work is, "Marks of weakness, Marks of woe," this is the quintessence of Blake's work as he is talking about the emotions of people. ?? ?? ?? ?? Chris Ryan 11a 04/05/2007 ...read more.

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