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" How is London portrayed in the poems 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' and 'London'?

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" How is London portrayed in the poems 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' and 'London'? William Wordsworth poem Composed upon Westminster Bridge written in 1904 looks at the positive side of London city and it natural Beauty. Whereas William Blake wrote London in 1794, the poem is negative towards authority and politics. The theme of the two poems is the city of London and how different people preserve it. "All bright and glittering in the smokeless air" (line 8) is a romantic view of the city of London. William Blake's perception is different. "Marks of weakness, marks of woe" (line 4) shows that London is corrupt and unhappy. ...read more.


The form and structure of the two poems are very different. William Wordsworth writes in prose opposed to William Blake who writes in structured negative verses. "Earth" (line 1) opposed to " I Wonder onto each character'd street" (line 1) are different, indicated by the punctuation mark The colon enables the writer to continue the and develop their ideas in the poem as colons are used generally to start a list or add explanations whereas a comma is used to develop an idea in more structure way in poetry, generally leading to a new line. William Wordsworth poem "composed upon Westminster Bridge" does not follow a rhyme scheme but William Blake's "London" poem follows a rhyme scheme. ...read more.


Blake uses imagery and alliteration to highlight the suffering of the city's people. He is attacking the Church. Wordsworth poem has a natural message of how a city can expand. He has no political messages. However, Blake's poem has a view that is negative, highlighting corruption and hierarchy. " Never saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!" (Line 11) Wordsworth celebrates the natural beauty and achievements of man. Blake's states "In every voice in every born, The mind for manacles I hear! (Line 7/8) This message is strongly indicating a falling community, shackled in poverty. Wordsworth poem uses language very well and effectively, I like both of the poems because they evoke strong images into my mind about London and how much it has changed, I also like the way they are structered and there rhyme and rhythm pattern goes. ...read more.

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