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How Does William Blake convey his anger in the poem ' London'

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How Does William Blake convey his anger in the poem ' London' ? The poem 'London' by William Blake, relfects his feelings upon the society that he was living in , and how despreratly it needed help. Blake thought that all of the poverty and misfortune that was happening on the streets were caused by the political opression in London. Blake was angered by what he saw in his homeland as other countries started fighting for their indipendence and equality whilst his country stayed dormant, eventhough he felt that there was a serious need for serious action. Eventhough Blake wasn't a typical romantic writer, he too possesed the same beliefs of fighting for what one believes in, and the urge to be liberated from the opression of society. So, by being a writer of the romantic period, watching a controlled and restricted society not showing an intent to break free and fight against the monarchy, angered him and inspired him to convey his ideas and feelings throuh the poem 'London'. In the poem, Blake travels through London and descibes what he sees. And as a result, he sees a severly opressed society that is caused by the authority, such as royalty and the church. This is as Blake sees that even the 'streets' and the 'thames' are 'chartered' and governed by the authorities. This is furthur emphasised by his repitition of the word 'chartered' which then gives the reader an image of the lack of freedom that the people ...read more.


Eventhough these 'marks' brand the people with 'woe', it also provides them with protection by the authorities. Therefore, if the people do not rebel against the people from the higer archey, then they will not be hurt by them, and will be bound by the law, which also, a form of protection. The mark of Caine is originally a brand for sin as Caine murdered his brother. Eventhough the people might not have commited murder, 'every face' that Blake 'meets' is still branded with the 'mark'. This is as Blake thought of the authorities as being sinful, he saw 'the church' as being 'blackening' as they are seen to be be the cause for the 'chimeny sweepers cry', and the 'palace', bloodstained, by the lives of 'hapless soliders' sent to die in war. Thus by obeying them, the people are too, sinners, hence causing them to bare the 'mark' of Caine. By metaphorically describing the people as possesing the 'mark' of Caine, Blake's anger towards the people is conveyed by his branding of 'every face' as being a sinner as he saw the system of the country being unjust, and hence making it a crime to not fight against it. Another way that Blake uses to convey his feelings more clearly to the reader is through his alternate rhyming throughout the poem. By rhyming every other line, Blake creates a rythm that is similar to a walking pace. ...read more.


The anger of Blake is then furthur emphasised by him seeing a 'new born infant' crying due to the cursing of the harlot, which is the 'infants' mother. This conjures up Blake's anger as he sees the 'new born infant' as being the symbol for ultimate purity and innocence, but however, it is not recieved with love, but with his mother's 'curse'. Another thing that conveys Blakes anger is that in a way, the 'new born infant' would never get to truly live life, as in a way, the baby is already in a 'marriage' with death the instance that it was born. This then gains the readers sympathy as something as pure as a 'new born' is contaminated and ruined by the society that the monarcy creates. I feel that the poem 'London' effectively convyed William Blakes anger towards the society and his feelings about it. This is as Blake is awear of everything that goes on in the society, and the poem clearly expresses his repulsiveness towards the political opression imposed by the monarchy. However, Blake does not soley balme the monarcy, but also the people of his country. This is because he saw all the other countries that previously suffered the opression of a monarcy, fight for their rights and equailty. Eventhough the monarcy did impose rules upon society, Blake strongly believed that people could overthrow the authorities if they were to truly try and do so. Hence, a part of Blake's anger was conveyed by descibing the self-imprisonment of the people, and how they could break free anytime, but still chose not to do so. ...read more.

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