Compare and contrast William Wordsworth's 'Composed upon WestminsterBridge, September 3rd 1802' and William Blake's 'London'.
Compare and contrast William Wordsworth's 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3rd 1802' and William Blake's 'London'. 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3rd, 1802', was written by William Wordsworth, a poet famous for countryside appreciation, in 1802 (on the date given). Like many of his other poems, this is a topographical poem, capturing a landscape view of London, from a bridge. In this poem the poet is able to portray a tone of eulogy, giving praise and enthusing the glamour and splendour of London, at the one specific moment. The poet starts by saying, 'Earth has not anything to show more fair'. This is astonishing, considering that this particular poem is famous for praising nature and its calmness; a complete contrast to London and its normally hectic schedule. The poet then goes on to say 'Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty'. The poet gives the impression that for a person to not be touched by London's apparent splendour they would have to be insensitive, and have to have a deficient heart that was holding them back from appreciating this 'majesty'. 'The city is now doth, like a garment'. The significance of now shows that Wordsworth is writing from a particular point in time, rather than making a generalisation over London life. He is capturing the moment as he sees is and describes London as being
Compare and Contrast the Poems 'London'By William Blake And 'Composed UponWestminster Bridge' By William Wordsworth
Compare and Contrast the Poems 'London' By William Blake And 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' By William Wordsworth William Blake and William Wordsworth both wrote poems centred on London, both poets were middle class citizens. William Wordsworth was a romantic poet, who was raised in the countryside living a very rural life. Unlike William Blake who was a revolutionary poet born into a rebellious family in the city of London. William Blake refused to go to school and became aware of social injustice. William Wordsworth's dislike of urban life was a recurring theme in his poetry. 'London' is a poem written by William Blake, in the poem Blake describes how he views London, and the people living there, he presents himself as a participant in the life of a busy town. As he walks through London he describes what he sees. 'I wandered through the chartered street' it is not only the imagery that shows us Blake is walking through London it is the rhyme scheme he has used, 'a b a b' this scheme is regular as to imitate walking. Blake's poem 'London' is written with for line in a stanza meaning it is a quatrain. This fits with the 'a b a b' rhyme scheme, as it is simple. The tone of the poem is full of anger and hatred; Blake shows that behind poverty and despair he sees some thing else that is very important to him. London is 'chartered' the streets have become
Compare and contrast Blake and Wordsworth's view of London William Wordsworth and William Blake both wrote popular poems about London
Compare and contrast Blake and Wordsworth's view of London William Wordsworth and William Blake both wrote popular poems about London, but their views of it were very different, this could be because of the way they grew up. Blake was brought up in the city and saw the more poverty-driven and polluted side to London whereas Wordsworth writes about the beauty and peaceful view of London. He may have seen this side because he was born and bred in the beautiful countryside in the North of England. Blake is walking down the dirty streets of the capital city and talks about the pain and emotion in the people he sees, "in every cry of every man". Blake considers the onlooker's emotions and the actual streets and dark side to the city compared to Wordsworth who focuses on the beauty and natural side to London. Blake blames all of the poverty and damage in London on the authorities and the "black'ning church," he thinks it's because of their lack of awareness and care to London's citizens that it has got this way. He uses logical and considered tone in the structure of "London." Wordsworth's sonnet is a very, romantic and optimistic poem about London. To Wordsworth, London is beautiful, as beautiful as the countryside or a more natural landscape; he doesn't see all of the urban buildings and busy streets. Unlike Blake, Wordsworth sees the natural splendour of the capital "the
Compare and Contrast 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger' by William Blake
GCSE English Literature Pre-1914 Poetry Coursework Compare and Contrast 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger' by William Blake When do we change? When do we change from being the innocent children God sent into the world, to the poisoned, corrupted ones that leave the earth? William Blake's 'Songs of Innocence and Experience examine these different states. He wanted to show the two contrary states in a human mind. The Lamb and the Tyger are just vehicles for Blake to express what he feels happens to people as they grow, develop and eventually become perverted by the world around them. Blake's background and occupation greatly influenced the style and content of his poems. He lived during the 18th Century when the church was beginning to lose its grip on British society; science was rising up against the church. Blake was part of a group known as the Romantics. He began to challenge the church believing that an individual could discover God without going to church. His poems 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger' reflect this, as he is telling how God created these two animals and on another level how he created humanity. 'We are called by his name' (The Lamb) I think the message that Blake is trying to convey in this line is that it is God who calls us to discover him. He is saying that no one else has the power to tell you what to believe not even the church. God and the individual are the
In the poems "London" by William Blake and "Iguana Memory" by Grace Nichols there are many different ideas and themes which are expressed in different ways
"The kind of feelings and ideas explored in a poem are always determined by the poet's use of form" Examine the different ways poets explore ideas and feelings. In the poems "London" by William Blake and "Iguana Memory" by Grace Nichols there are many different ideas and themes which are expressed in different ways, however the form of the poem is not the only method used to convey these to the audience. In "London" Blake uses a conventional rhyme scheme throughout, there is an ABAB pattern. "...cry of every man....voice in every ban" By using this simple scheme the poem seems to be repetitive and regular. This may be used to illustrate London in terms of the city being quite dull and without life. This idea is also put across by use of adjectives and the other words used to describe the setting. "Every black'ning Church appals" "Runs in blood down Palace walls" Words such as this have negative connotations as blood is related to pain and violence. This depicts what life in London was like. Similarly Nichols uses descriptive words to express the idea of children and childlike thoughts. By doing this we as the reader can imagine what it was like for her, as a child, to see the iguana. "..rustling..." Also we gather the impression from the form of the poem that it was deliberate written by Nichols in the style of a child. For example there is no rhyme scheme, no
What can you learn from source A about the impact of the impact of the Beatles in 1960's?
960's coursework What can you learn from source A about the impact of the impact of the Beatles in 1960's? From source A, part of a description of the 1960's written by the actress Joanna Lumley in the 1990's, I can learn that the Beatles had a huge impact on Britain in the 1960's. Joanna Lumley says that when the Beatles were performing live in the famous pop show "juke box jury." "Instead of rush hour an extraordinary silence and emptiness had descended upon London, England, Britain." She describes the vast emptiness by saying "no one was to be seen at the flower stall, the newspaper stand." This shows the enormous impact the Beatles had because people rushed home just so they could catch a glimpse of them on television; Lumley also shows their impact on her personally when she describes the Beatles as the "fab four" and says they were "cool, hip, smart, lippy, charming and funny." Finally she shows just how much the Beatles had affected her life when she says, "it was heaven to be alive. However even though source A is useful it is not reliable as the language used is exaggerated as she says, "extraordinary silence and emptiness descended upon London, England, Britain." And "the nation held its breath." Furthermore some of the evidence could have been forgotten, as it is a 30-year-old memory. This source also shows the opinion of a young woman and at the time other age
Essay on William Blake's "London" and William Wordsworth's "Composed upon WestminsterBridge, September 3, 1802"
Essay on William Blake's "London" and William Wordsworth's "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802" The Romantic poets, Blake and Wordsworth have both produced a poem on the city of London. Blake's version shows a more dark and sombre vision of the city, whereas Wordsworth's poem illustrates a more positive view, one where London is a city of 'majesty'. Wordsworth, like many of the other Romantic poets of the time, wrote being influenced by a love of nature. This ardour is present in his poem in the forms of rich adjectives, the use of enjambments, and poetic word structures. However, Blake, although a fellow Romantic, chooses to depict London as if it were a bleak and corrupted place. During the 18th century, the industrial revolution was the cause of several disputes and controversy for many romantics. Their love for nature affected their views on the way this new procedure was changing the manner of things. They detested the pollution which was damaging the environment and life. In Blake's poem, we can see this view in his use of words. For example, 'black'ning' seems to project an image of the city being 'plagued' and contaminated. In Blake's 'London', he seems to concentrate more on the people who live within the city, whereas Wordsworth's poem focuses on the nature and scenery of London. Blake portrays the citizens as being helpless and confined within
Compare the ways in which Wordsworth and Blake describe LondonIn 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' and 'London'
Compare the ways in which Wordsworth and Blake describe London In 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' and 'London' The poems 'London' and 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' were both written around the same time, early 1800's, late 1700's, but both give two very different views of the city of London. Wordsworth gives a positive view in his poem 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' by painting a picture for the reader of how beautiful the city is. Blake gives a very negative view in his poem 'London' by using lots of depressing, eerie sights and sounds to show his view on London. William Blake's poem is set in midnight London during the 1700's, the use of midnight symbolises the evil and horror of London "but most through midnight streets I hear". The writer presents an eerie atmosphere by setting the poem as if he is walking through London and he is seeing and hearing all the evil going on around him. Composed on Westminster Bridge is a poem set at sunrise "The beauty of the morning" "Never did the sun more beautifully steep" and shows London as a calm and beautiful place. The writer shows London to be the most beautiful place there is and that nothing can compare to it "Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!". Wordsworth uses his poem to paint a picture, showing London to be beautiful and describing it using personifications " The river glideth at his own sweet will" to
Comparing "The Tyger" and "The Lamb".
Comparing "The Tyger" and "The Lamb" By Simon 10ah William Blake published two very famous books of poems of "Songs Of Experience" and "Songs of Innocence" Poems from the "Songs Of Experience" are all about God who brought all the evil and suffering into the world. However, the poems from the "Songs Of Innocence" are about the redemptive God of the New Testament, like Jesus. I am choosing a poem each from the "Songs Of Innocence" and one from the "Songs Of Experience". I am going to compare them to find out if there are any similarities or differences between these poems written by William Blake. The poems I have chosen are "The Lamb" (From Songs of Innocence) and "The Tyger" (From Songs Of Experience). The Tyger is written in quatrains and The Lamb is written in longer verses and less stanzas. You can tell from looking at the animals that they are the opposite. The lamb is helpless and pure whilst the tyger is more fierce and viscous. The rhythm of "The Tyger" to me feels like the rapid beating of the heart, which might make the reader of the poem might feel scared. The Lamb makes the poem slow, and the beating is much more slower and calm. The Tyger is about the nature of creation, but The Lamb is talking about the darker side of creation. When I was looking through Blake's poems, I thought that the two poems were different because of their structure. The Lamb had less
Poems for comparison - London by William Blake (pre 1900) and Composed on Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth.
Poems for Comparison!!! London by William Blake (pre 1900):- After reading Blake's poem, the poem reflects on me that Blake is in a very claustrophobic area which is dirty, dark, (in his mind) evil or corrupted. His poem as an A B stanza all the way through, this structure emphasises his poem about London the way he sees it, using harsh contrasts in each verse, which really drums into the readers mind that the London Blake is witnessing is corrupted and evil. William Blake was a religious man with a definite view on leading a moral life. In the first stanza Blake gives a description of how he perceives the streets of London and the Thames. This depiction of the inhabitants suggests people are full of worry and weakness. He then continues to describe the people in more detail; I think he almost expresses a pity for the people living in London because he's mentioning the strife and how hard it is. This is indicated in his sentence 'mind-forg'd manacles I hear', which tells me he imagines the people to be trapped with no freedom and no escape from the drudgery of London (a huge jail). Blake expresses disgust at the monarchy in the third verse, in his mind he describes the monarchy as shutting out the people in London and the monarchy doesn't what to know or get involved with the towns people, whilst demanding loyalty and compliance sending young people (young men) to war to