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Poems for comparison - London by William Blake (pre 1900) and Composed on Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth.

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Poems for Comparison!!! London by William Blake (pre 1900):- After reading Blake's poem, the poem reflects on me that Blake is in a very claustrophobic area which is dirty, dark, (in his mind) evil or corrupted. His poem as an A B stanza all the way through, this structure emphasises his poem about London the way he sees it, using harsh contrasts in each verse, which really drums into the readers mind that the London Blake is witnessing is corrupted and evil. William Blake was a religious man with a definite view on leading a moral life. In the first stanza Blake gives a description of how he perceives the streets of London and the Thames. This depiction of the inhabitants suggests people are full of worry and weakness. ...read more.

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He sees people as evil, corrupted and dirty totally changing his frame of mind. Blake is annoyed with the idea of child labour, he feels it wrong to send children up chimneys to clean them out as they can get stuck and possibly lead to the ultimatum of death. To finish his poem he talks about the night life. He writes of the prostitution and expresses his abhorrence to the idea of prostitution which he sees as the sacred institution of marriage in the eyes of God and shows his disgust of the men that visit them. Blake ends the poem by making a contradiction 'the Marriage Hearse'. The death of marriage sums up the total image he has in his mind of the state of London and the area he's in. ...read more.

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He is so impressed with the architecture it fascinates him, is basically his perfect heaven. The personification in the last but one sentence tells me as the reader he feels so comfortable where he is situated that he describes the buildings in physical human form. Wordsworth hasn't looked for the bad in London he's looked for the good by using the buildings as great examples. Where Wordsworth states that London has smokeless air ironic as London has always had smoke filled air in its history but he sees past this and points out that it's smokeless. His ending sentence is very powerful in getting his view across because London used to be known as the Heart of the King of Beasts- the Lion symbolizing how great he believes London really is. By Charlotte Bull 10c ...read more.

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