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Blakes loathing for the industrial revolutions and its consequences is clearly demonstrated in London.

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the industrial revolution are expressed through metaphors and comparisons. Despite the dissimulations, the reader can clearly understand Blake?s concerns. The industrial revolution contrasts all his beliefs as he admires the people, the nature and the freedom found in the countryside. London ??I wander thro' each charter'd street, Near where the charter'd Thames does flow. And mark in every face I meet Marks of weakness, marks of woe. In every cry of every Man, In every Infants cry of fear, In every voice: in every ban, The mind-forg'd manacles I hear How the Chimney-sweepers cry Every blackning Church appalls, And the hapless Soldiers sigh Runs in blood down Palace walls But most thro' midnight streets I hear How the youthful Harlots curse Blasts the new-born Infants tear And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse?? Blake uses a very negative semantic field to describe London after and during the industrialization. ...read more.


All these negative aspects have arisen with the industrial revolution and Blake feels sorrow for the inhabitants of London who have no choice but to obey to the rules and endure the cursed life, which industrialization has brought about. Blake?s loathing for the industrial revolutions and it?s consequences is clearly demonstrated in ?London?. He manages to convey his idea to the readers in a very convincing manner, especially for those who haven?t seen or experienced it first hand. A divine image Cruelty has a human heart, And Jealousy a human face; Terror the human form divine, And Secresy the human dress. The human dress is forged iron, The human form a fiery forge, The human face a furnace sealed, The human heart its hungry gorge. Blake mentions his negative feelings of the industrial revolution in most, if not all of his poems of experience. ...read more.


A furnace is hot and boiling inside but the outside remains unchanged. Blake used these images of the industrial revolution to convey his negative feelings of the human when he has experience. The last line ?The human heart its hungry gorge? contrasts the other descriptions since he uses the word ?gorge? which is from the nature, unlike the furnace, the forge and the forged iron. The fact that the heart is a hungry gorge means that it is empty and hungry for nature. This indicates that the experience, especially from the industrial revolution, has caused harmful consequences and that men need to immerse themselves in the nature to become pure and virtuous again as they once were when they were innocent children. We can clearly see that Blake loathed the industrial revolution and every aspect that accompanied it. His poems create an understanding of this for the readers as he shows us what industrialization engendered and how it changed people?s characters as well as how it caused people to suffer. ...read more.

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