• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Two aspects of London as shown through a response to poems by Blake and Wordsworth.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Hannah Taylor English Coursework 3rd September 2001 Two aspects of London as shown through a response to poems by Blake and Wordsworth. When comparing Blake and Wordsworth's pieces, the respective perspectives of the authors should never be far from our thoughts. Whereas Blake lived in London his whole life and seldom ventured outside its borders, Wordsworth was a rural person whose only experiences of London came from short visits. Unaccustomed to the hustle and bustle of City life, Wordsworth led a comparatively relaxed existence which perhaps accounts for his romantic and gentile style. We should not be surprised to see that Blake, a frequenter of the less-desirable districts of the capital, offers a far more cynical portrayal of London. ...read more.

Middle

Repetition is clearly employed when the piece claims: "In every cry of every man, In every infant's cry of fear, In every voice, in every ban, The mind-forged manacles I hear" The repetition could be equated with anything from the machinery at work in the factories and mills, to an assault of stabbing pain upon those suffering in poverty. Within the framework which Blake creates, the reader is left to determine his own idea of what the repetition may represent, and this is at the centre of the verse's success. Irony is employed with great effect in the verse beginning "How the chimney-sweeper's cry". The author contrasts the poverty and ill-health of chimney-sweeps with the wealth of the church, and suggests that instead of helping the poor the church pays them a pittance to work in hazardous conditions. ...read more.

Conclusion

This leads the reader to ask: with whom are the 'soldiers' at war? As Marx foretold and the French Revolution demonstrated, the working classes and those controlling the means of production operate with opposing aims. Blake brings a new element of severity to the situation by suggesting that forces are at work against the poor subjects. INSERT LAST VERSE DISCUSSION HERE Wordsworth is blissfully unaware of the scenes which Blake paints. Indeed, Wordsworth's London is so far removed from Blake's that one is led to ask whether the two are writing of the same city at all. There is a significant period of time between the two which could arguably account for this; Wordsworth's work being written before the Industrial Revolution and Blake' at its height. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Blake section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Blake essays

  1. Jack London and His 'Wild Side'

    hardships and falls into brutal skirmishes with both men and other animals, displaying the level of courage and cunning required in Jack London's philosophy to become a hero (McEwen). Among the lessons learned by Buck are "treachery and nobility, faithfulness unto death, and a conviction that moral nature is 'a

  2. How do Blake and Wordsworth respond to nature in their poetry and what other ...

    'The garden of love', if compared to 'The Nurse's song', tells us that we have joy in our lives during our childhood but as soon as we grow out of that phase we suddenly are restricted from certain aspects of life.

  1. English Literature Commentary

    Inside the cabinet is where we find "another London with its tower" - Blake uses to represent a temporarily forgotten evil of which the real city contained and the imaginary one within the cabinet was freed from. The cabinet that is described through the second stanza is a cabinet full of dreams and light, of beauty and no fright.

  2. "Poetry can bring to life experiences and ideas which are otherwise difficult for us ...

    Not a poem of observed factual detail but Blake's perception of London, he uses the traditional form of alternate rhyming lines to imitate the repititive predictability of the circle of suffering. Blake has experience of London so he is able to reflect back from when he was an innocent child to now of what he holds the knowledge of experience.

  1. London Knights - Situation analysis.

    If people didn't know the Knights, they wouldn't notice about the Knights. * Sponsorship They are sponsored by the Evening standard and they get to be on the newspaper sometimes. The Evening Standard writes article about the Knights if their story is interesting.

  2. In this coursework I will be explaining whether there has been a significant change ...

    Their work has formed the basis of the Docklands Museum, which opened 24 May 2003. 2003 Ballantyne and Capital & Provident are developing the adjacent Millennium Quarter with upwards of 1m sq.ft. scheduled to complete 2003/4 in connection with the new World Trade Centre, which is due to open in

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work