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London a literary guide through the eyes of writers of the time.

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London a literary guide through the eyes of writers of the time The writers of the time, express their different opinions and views of London using a range of vocabulary and moods within their writing and poems. Writing a poem in this day and age is a lot different to the kind of poem that was written in the mid/early 1800's. The general impression given by the writers of the time was that of a subtle message hidden within their words, these messages will hope fully be revealed and displayed within the following article. In the list of great writers within the 1800's familiar names such as William Blake, William Wordsworth, Grace Nichols, Bill Bryson and the famous writer Charles Dickens. Here is some background concerning these famous writers briefly describing their backgrounds and possible opinions. William Blake The first impression of 'London' written in a poetic form was created by William Blake entitled 'London'. William Blake is one of the most original British poets and is also a major artist he added sketches and engravings to illustrate his poem and emphasis the mood of the poem. ...read more.


He uses rhyming couplets at the end of a line so it goes 1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4 etc and portraits London as being a glamorous and beautiful place in the early hours of the morning, he also talks about London as if it was a Person asleep he refers to clothes An extract from the poem: 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' 'This City now doth, like a garment, wear The beauty of the morning; silent, bare'. He has a very pro London feel about his writing and shows the good sights and scenes of the time unlike William Blake who shows the complete opposite if you like, and speaks about the gloomy atmosphere that engulfs London on a daily bases. 'Dear God! The very houses seem asleep; And all that mighty heart is lying still!' Grace Nichols Grace Nichols grew up in Guyana and came to Britain in 1977, she wrote this poem 'Island Man' from a Caribbean perspective comparing it to a tropical island rather than a rumbling suburb. She uses a free verse poem that presents the waking moments of a man that has travelled from a Caribbean island to settle in London. ...read more.


flowers' in other words he is trying to tell us as the readers this particular place in London is nothing special and just like any other one might walk along whilst visiting. He uses descriptive words to convey his thoughts such as sharp, flat, cracked, jerking and throbbing. He uses repetition to show how each street is just the same 'Nothing to breath but streets, streets, streets.' He goes on to talk about the gin shops and hoe the Londoners are driven to drink due to the conditions of the city at that time, here people would gather and drown their sorrows and depressions of yet another London day. I believe these great writers enjoyed their work immensely and yes some of our great poets did portrait London as a bit of a bland mix, when in some cases London is the most peaceful place on earth. The poets reflected both good and bad feelings towards London some were more anti than pro London. London must have been a very twisted place in the 1800's, unlike today were there is some order! The images and thoughts written within the writers poetry creates a whole different perspective of London then and now. Charles Hunter ...read more.

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