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How do William Blake and William Wordsworth respond to nature in their poetry?

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How do William Blake and William Wordsworth respond to nature in their poetry? The Romantic Era was an age, which opened during the Industrial (1800-1900) and French Revolution (1789). These ages affected the romantic poets greatly by disrupting and polluting nature. Before the Industrial Revolution, William Blake wrote about Songs of Innocence. He also wrote Songs of Experience but after the Industrial Revolution. William Wordsworth, on the other hand, continued on an optimistic route and ignored the Industrial Revolution in his poems. He instead wrote about nature only and its beauty. Previous Augustan poets were more controlled and rule governed. They were also concerned with order. In Blake's 'London', he describes the city as being dirty and restricted giving a pessimistic image, whereas Wordsworth describes it as a beautiful and free city giving an optimistic image. Blake shows how in his point of view, he thinks the city is controlled, "Near where the charter'd Thames does flow." ...read more.

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The adjective 'deep' shows how immense the tranquility is. It also shows how the poem is personal, "Ne'er saw I." He sets the scene in the morning, creating a feeling of calmness and peace, "The beauty of the morning; silent, bare." The noun 'beauty' implies splendor and magnificence, showing the opposite of what Blake writes about 'London'. The adjective 'silent' is also the opposite of what Blake writes in 'London', "How the youthful Harlot's curse". Wordsworth mentions the daffodils as people, "When all at once I saw a crowd." Similarly, he uses personification, 'crowd', to imply that everyone is unified in nature. He uses color in his poem to indicate a deeper meaning, "A host, of golden daffodils." The adjective "golden" illustrates purity as well, therefore connecting it to innocence. The noun 'host' has a slight religious tone, which also relates to purity. 'The Daffodils' has eight syllables in each line. ...read more.

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In it, he uses the word 'and' on nearly every sentence, "And the gates of this Chapel were shut." He stresses this word to show how he can't stop himself from saying all the bad things the church has done. Blake also talks about how the church was ruining nature, "And tomb-stones where flowers should be." The noun 'tomb-stones' shows how instead of the beauty of nature, they build an unattractive site. 'Jerusalem' uses rhetorical questions, "And did those feet in ancient time walk upon England's mountains green?" This creates an effect on the reader by pulling him into the poem. Blake also talks about the past beauty of England. Blake criticizes the Industrial Revolution in his poem 'Jerusalem', "And was Jerusalem builded here, Among these dark Satanic mills?" The adjective 'Satanic' signifies evil. This shows how much Blake despises The Industrial Revolution and how he thinks its demonic. From this essay, I conclude that William Blake and William Wordsworth have the same views of nature before the Industrial Revolution but take different paths after it. Yazan Honjol 10B ...read more.

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