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"God made the country, and man made the Town" (William Cowper). With detailed reference to at least four poems you have studied, compare the ways in which the Romantic poets explore the impact of industrialisation upon people living in the countryside and towns of eighteenth-century Britain. London, by William Blake, Composed on Westminster Bridge, by William Wordsworth, The Green Linnet, also by William Wordsworth and Work, by Charles Lamb are poems that explore the broad changes that occur during the Industrial Revolution. They expose the true affects of the revolution and what it has caused upon social, economic, and spiritual values. By studying these poems it is clear the Industrial Revolution has made a hectic and busy life style for the people of Britain. Industrialisation mixed the whole hierarchy system in Britain. The middle class could own factories and make more money but one person's heaven is another person's hell. The lower class worked in dangerous, cramped, squalid working conditions enduring long hours of hard labour. But this is what inspired the Romantics. The Romantics were artists in different forms such poetry, novels or art. They believed that emotions run deeper than cold hard logic and that peoples opinions should be expressed to the fullest. As long as someone talks through their emotions and what they truly feel instead of what society wants has dictated then they are a true Romantic. Their mystical and inexplicable ideas became a trend and an inspiration to Britain. Through analysing poetry I realise some poets, such as, Blake believe industrialisation has changed Britain for the worse and it's clear as the person in the poet sees "Marks of weakness, marks of woe" depicting how industrialisation has become a kryptonite for London and has weekend the Londoners severely. Unlike Blake, Wordsworth shows the beauty of London through his poem and thinks industrialisation has created "A sight so touching in its majesty" as the person in the poem gazes at Westminster Bridge. ...read more.

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"But most through midnight streets I hear how the youthful harlots curse" shows how Blake's pattern of imagery is cold and frightful and it also gives the impression that it's a common to see such things. Blake, again, uses juxtaposition with "youthful harlots". This shows the curse of London affecting and tainted young and pretty girls turning them into prostitutes. Wordsworth, on the other hand, sees the "mighty heart" of London as the source of its great power to make its people proud. In this poem London is depicted as an evil cursed place where people are all the same and are heartless. Every body thinks what the government tells them to think and don't think for themselves. I get a dark gloomy impression from this poem which tells me industrialisation has caused a horrific outcome affecting the people of Londoners. It also shows how none of the upper class Londoners cares for the lower class as they don't help them. The Green Linnet gives a peaceful calm tone. Its rhyme scheme is A, A, B, C, C, C, B with 8 lines per stanza in 5 stanzas. I think Wordsworth done this to show when he would start talking about something in the country. Also in the 4th and 7th lines in each stanza there is an indent to show Wordsworth has progresses and found something better to explain. "With brightest sunshine round me spread" shows how the sunshine in the country is greater than any other. Also, through the quote I understand he felt the sun shine around him which symbolises happiness and comfort he feels when he's in the country. "Hail to thee far above the rest" demonstrates Wordsworth wants the reader to recognise the Linnet as royal and unique which no other animal can compare to. This quote shows me that the wildlife is the peaceful rulers of the country. ...read more.

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If the city was made by man then it will definitely not be as perfect as Gods country. I think the most incorrect poem, in my opinion, is Lamb's Work as Lamb didn't look at the depth of God's country and the natural side of the country which is the main side of it. I think what Lamb was trying to imply was the disastrous consequences of work and how it should be a sin, which I personally don't agree with. If Lamb looked at the wildlife more instead of the workers than it would have been more realistic towards the country but the poem is about work and how it is evil so if he does write about the beauty and essence of the country it will ruin the context of the poem. I think people read Romantic poetry because it opens many questions on today's life and society structure. People want answers to whether industrialisation has shaped today's society and if so is this good or bad. By studying many Romantic poems people can get an insight to the times of the industrial revolution and can come to their own conclusion. If "God made the country and man made the Town", by William Cowper, is true then I don't think it's a good think because people can't take proper care of their own land so how so their real resource is to use God's country and destroy it. This shows how people are greedy and selfish and waste resources instead of using them for tomorrow's satisfaction. On one hand industrialisation is a good thing because it brought great architecture that we still have today and are our main tourist attractions. Also due to the industrial revolution, industries have now developed their mechanism ideas. On the other hand, during the time of the industrial revolution pain and suffering were parts of the deal when the cities of Britain sold their souls. London city became over populated and excruciatingly affected the lives of the lower class. ?? ?? ?? ?? English: The Romantics 1 Nabil Ali 10MY ...read more.

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