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Impressions of the people and society Blake lived in.

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GCSE Pre-1914 Poetry Coursework: Romantic Poets Impressions of the people and society Blake lived in. In this essay I will be exploring William Blake and the Romantic views expressed in his poems. Romanticism was an early and artistic way of looking at things which ended with Victorian age. Romantic's supported freedom of thought, movement and life style and were against oppression of any kind. Romantic's saw children as the future and were against child labour and the snatching of childhood. They saw the negative affect on life due to industry and viewed industrialisation as blameworthy for enslaving people and their 'masters' treated them badly. Romantics felt all people should have rights and be respected. Blake was a romantic born in 1757 and died in 1827; he was born into a time of a developing industrial revolution, in which he wasn't in favour of. He preached his romantic views in his poetry and painting. He had many views including his strong belief on the innocence of children, this caused him to hate all child labour and show disgust to the world he was living in. William Blake felt hatred towards groups of people that he felt forced oppression such as the church and the royals. He disliked the church even though he was a profoundly religious man and found his spiritual life inspired much of his writing and painting. Though he was a Christian, he didn't accept the orthodox doctrines and the authority of the Church of England and, as time went on, he developed his own symbolic version of the faith. ...read more.

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of the world it is, what a terrible world it has been born into and how much sickness and health is there. 'Plagues the Marriage-hearse' is a strange combination made in an oxymoron, combining two words which don't belong together to make an important point. Blights and Plagues can be linked as they are both, illness or disease, however, though marriage-hearse makes no real sense it is a powerful way of expressing how a marriage can be poisoned and destroyed by prostitution. Overall, this is a dreary, depressing, bleak and maybe frightening poem, we are given this idea from words such as; plagues, midnight and curse shown to us in the forth verse. In some ways this poem could be seen as simple though if you are to just look under the surface it is deep and complex. Romantic themes are expressed clearly in this personal poem, showing some of Blake's morals. The last poem I have chosen is 'The Chimney Sweeper'. This is a narrative poem, he is talking to us, the members of the public who are keeping him in work, we are told this in the first verse when he says 'So your chimneys I sweep'. The poem is written in rhyming couplets and contains six stanzas. In this poem he is showing us around, this is indicated by the first line of the second verse 'There's little Tom Dacre'. The first verse gives us information on the boy's early life and though some of this is shocking he seems to deliver this as a matter of fact and like he is ok with his situation and isn't searching for any sympathy. ...read more.

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The angel tells tom if he is a good boy he will have 'God for his father and never want joy'. This is telling them to do work to be good. This then maybe seen as ironic, because their work isn't good at all. The angel uses God in this verse to teach goodness, and though this wasn't right at all they are being forced to believe. The line is shown, between rich and poor, because rich children with parents do not have to risk their lives to be 'good'- Only the poor. This shows status, the poor will die young having lived in misery whilst the rich can live happily. Because an angel has come for the sweepers, this shows death as they 'Rise upon the clouds, and sport in the wind'. They want to die because this is the only way they can get away. In the last verse of the poem Tom wakes up and though he is in the dark he has been lied to enough to now be happy to go to work - He is happy to die. The last line in the poem can be interpretated in many different ways. The first could be seen as talking to little Tom, telling him he must work to do good. Th second is talking to us, the reader, telling us to do the right thing in our duty. Or the last interpretation talking to people thinking of hiring a chimney sweeper - giving them or shoe=wing them that it is a n illusion that it would be nice to give them a job. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nikki Kendall - H10 Coursework ...read more.

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