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William Wordsworth and William Blake have both written about the city of London, consider about how they present the city to the reader and how both give a different view.

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William Wordsworth and William Blake have both written about the city of London, consider about how they present the city to the reader and how both give a different view (800-900 words) William Wordsworth (1779-1850) and William Blake (1757-1827) give drastically different views of the city of London. This is probably due to the drastically different lives they lead. William Wordsworth lived in the Lake District in Cumbria. There are lots of beautiful sights to be seen in the Lake District area. It is beautiful, tranquil and peaceful. Much like his poems. His surroundings have influenced his work. William black on the contrast was considered insane, as some people would say his work is. William Wordsworth's literature is much less controversial and joyful probably due to his hectic surroundings. His poem 'Upon Westminster Bridge' describes London as beautiful and natural. 'Earth has nothing to show more fair' From this quotation we can safely say that Wordsworth is extremely fond of London because he describes it as being beautiful as anywhere else in the world, He is implying that God cannot make a more beautiful and natural place. ...read more.

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The people of the city and the city itself have a symbiotic relationship; both are beneficial to each other. William Blake wanted to become a poet but due to his anti-church and anti-monarch views his literature was mainly ignored until after his death in 1827. This is because he lived in a period where religion was not a choice as it is today (for most people) but much more compulsory. Someone who was considered a 'non-believer' was frowned upon and a social outcast. He is the writer of two important books; songs of Innocence (1789) and the other, Songs of Experience (1794) in which his beliefs and thoughts are strongly expressed. He often wrote about a sense of purity and cleansing as his belief was innocence is better that experience. Better translated this means as soon as you want things in life, you become unhappy and depressed because you cannot have or afford them. Blake used a very abstract method in describing the city of London. ...read more.

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Again the innocence of children is brought forward to show the level of corruption. 'Every blackening church appals;/And the hapless soldier's sigh/Runs in blood down palace walls.' Again Blake's hatred for the industrial revolution is brought up. The industrial revolution has even affected churches, a place of refuge for any Christian person no matter how rich or poor. This shows that the industrial revolution affected everybody in some way. Also the phrase, 'And the hapless soldiers' sigh/Runs in blood down palace walls' is a good metaphor for how the Kings and Queens did not care how many people they forced to fight and die in the Napoleonic time of war, so as long as they were still on the throne and leader of the country. Both Blake's and Wordsworth's views of the city of London are extremely different. One describing it as natural and beautiful. Wordsworth's view that lived in the Lake District, a place of such described qualities. And the other evil and corrupt. Blake's view whom was poor, a drug addict and pessimistic attitude. Both their views describe their background in which they grew up and lived. 1 ...read more.

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