Comparison Between Two Poems By Two Different Poets About London - Wordsworth and Blake

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Comparison Between Two Poems By Two Different Poets About London.

         William Blake and William Wordsworth’s poems have influenced people from all over the world by the feelings that each of their poems have expressed, the ability which the poems have of captivating the reader’s attention and the variety of differences each of the poets have with each other as well as the different perspectives each poet sees the world.

          William Blake as well as being an English poet, was renowned for his artwork and for his engraving. With these fairly random abilities and talents, Blake cold creates a unique from of illustrated verse. Born on the 28th November 1757, as the son of a hosier, Blake grew up as a Londoner and lived in London for the majority of his life where most of his inspiration as an artist in both poetry and painting originated. Beginning his life as a poet at an early age of twelve it is seen that Blake was able to give and show his views of London and its population as both a child and as an adult. Much of his work symbolises religion as many forms of animals and other forms of species. His contradictory view on life with poems like; ‘the Lamb,’ and its other half ‘the Tyger,’ show life and feelings from different perspectives.

 William Wordsworth was also an English poet who was the most significant of English romantic poets. Born later than Blake on 7th April 1770, he lived in a family of high status unlike Blake. He went to school at Saint John’s College where he was inspired by its places of scenic beauty in his poems. His love for his family also provoked him to write poems also, for example the poem ‘To My Sister.’ Wordsworth never deepened his meanings of his poems as much as Blake but nevertheless did they show lack of depth.          

The first poem ‘London’ by William Blake tells us only that the poem is about London. It is obviously difficult to make any predictions regarding what the components of the poem are, but it enables the reader to assume that it is a topic Blake considers very seriously. The first line:

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‘I wander thro’ each charter’d street…’

more or less points out that the poem is in fact one of Blake’s experiences, as if he himself is telling a story in a lyrical sense. The words: ‘I wander…’ stand out very much compared to the remaining part of the line. It gives the impression that the poem is a personal feeling of maybe angst or depression of the poet about living in a city such as London consisting of a fairly large population that at times it becomes overcrowded and people are unable to withstand themselves from feeling the same depression ...

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