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Write a detailed comparison between "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" by William Wordsworth September 3 1802 and "London" by William Blake.

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Write a detailed comparison between "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" by William Wordsworth September 3 1802 and "London" by William Blake. Throughout the coursework I will refer to William Wordsworth as Wordsworth and William Blake as Blake. The poems of Wordsworth and Blake are both about London however, Wordsworth's poem was written when he came to visit London whereas Blake lived in London. Wordsworth's poem is about the finery of London one can see this as he writes in line 1; "Earth has not anything to show more fair:" Whereas in Blake's poem he does not write about the praise of London although he loved London we are told he sees that London has its bad points. In Wordsworth's poems there is an absence of people whereas in Blake's poem it talks about people a lot of the time. In Wordsworth's poem he refers to London as a person this is a personification. We see him referring to London as a person when he says at the end of the poem although there are other references to this; "And all that mighty heart is lying still!" In Wordsworth's poem he is not saying that London is more beautiful then other cities he says that it is as nice as other cities. ...read more.


He then goes on in line 9 to say that; "Never did a sun more beautifully steep," By this Wordsworth meant that although he has seen dazzling sunrises out in the country he has never seen a sunrise like this in the city. The sunrise was breathtaking it was as if the sun was soaking in the light. In line 11 it says; "Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!" The word Ne'er is really the word never Wordsworth used that word because the word never did not rhyme with the poem so he used Ne'er instead. Also at this point of the poem Wordsworth refers to himself for the first time in the poem. This is different to Blake's poem where Blake says I in the first line. In Wordsworth's poem there is quite a lot of negative in order to show the positive. "a calm so deep" Wordsworth did not expect London to be so calm. In line 12 it says; "The river glideth at its own sweet will" This is as if saying that the river is like a person walking down the street. ...read more.


He is saying that the church stands for religion and, thus, it is necessary to look after the poor. In line 11 the word "hapless" means unfortunate. In line 12 when it says "soldiers sigh" it is impossible you cannot see a sigh so when it says in line 13 "Runs in the blood" it is metaphorical the soilders are standing by the palace and sighing thinking about th rich people who don't suffer in war hence the words "Runs in the blood". In line 15 the word; "...Harlot..." is showing that it is pitiful. The harlot is cursing because if she becomes pregnant it is like a millstone around her neck. In line 17 the word "hearse" is used as a car to take the bride to the wedding hall here it would be sad because the harlot would only be getting married because she became pregnant it was not a wanted child. Nowadays we use a hearse a car to carry a coffin, now to hear the word hearse is sad whereas then it was a happy thought. Perhaps when it says in line 16; "...Infants tear," It is saying that the cry is because maybe the father is already married. ?? ?? ?? ?? Yael Gurvits English Coursework War Poems Confidential Page 1 ...read more.

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