He was regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian age in poetry. He become Poet Laureate in 1850 and was appointed by Queen Victoria and served 42 years. Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poetry was greatly influenced by his early childhood, best friend and religious beliefs; while his rhyme scheme was traditional; his morbid style was not popular for his time. This melancholy style of writing and use of topics of moral and intellectual beliefs of his time were especially vulnerable for later critic. Tennyson’s life at home wasn’t always a happy one.
Blake disagreed with many issues during this unfair time period and his social surroundings gave a straightforward glance of the conditions of his time as stated in this quote “Living, as he did, in the heart of London, Blake was very aware of the reality of political and economic injustice” (Morsberger). Not only was Blake a poet but he was... ... middle of paper ... ...ls exile to hell. The quote from The Tyger can signify how church has corrupted religion to the point where people believe it is natural to live in unforgiving conditions, such as poverty, which was often time extreme during the cold weathers, oppression, and inequality during the Romantic era. Blake believed there was more that could be done for the people who lived under undesirable conditions. Another quote that strongly describes Blake’s views on religion is from The Proverbs of Hell “Prisons are built with stones of law, Brothels with bricks of religion” Works Cited Baird, Jim.
Compare and contrast the three portrayals of London in Blake’s London, Wordsworth’s Composed Upon Westminster Bridge and Johnson’s Inglan Is A Bitch. ============================================================== In “London”, Blake creates the image that London is a very grim place. He describes it, as having mapped out streets, even the river Thames is not flowing along its natural route, the whole place is unnatural, and false. All Blake can see is misery everywhere. This is made very clear by the repetition of the word “every”: “In every cry of every man, In every infant’s cry of fear, In every voice, in every ban, The mind-forg’d manacles I hear.” He uses repetition to get the message across that he sees real misery everywhere he looks, and in everything he hears.
'Frost at Midnight' is generally regarded as the greatest of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'Conversation Poems' and is said to have influenced Wordsworth's pivotal work, 'Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey'. It is therefore apposite to analyse 'Frost at Midnight' with a view to revealing how the key concerns of Romanticism were communicated through the poem. The Romantic period in English literature ran from around 1785, following the death of the eminent neo-classical writer Samuel Johnson, to the ascension of Queen Victoria to the throne in 1837. However, in the years spanning this period writers were not identified as exponents of a recognised literary movement. It was only later that literary historians created and applied the term 'Romanticism'.
He executed numerous engravings for books by others as well as watercolours and other kinds of paintings. Blake gave only ... ... middle of paper ... ...as not well known in his lifetime, but his influence is apparent in the work of several painters who knew him when he was an old man, particularly Samuel Palmer. He also influenced the Pre-Raphaelite painters of the 19th century, and his first editor was W. B. Yeats, who knew much of his poetry by heart. James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, and Joyce Cary, among others, found inspiration in his writings, and he has had considerable influence on modern literary criticism through the work of Northrop Frye. Today Blake is one of the most frequently discussed poets.
Allen Ginsberg's life was changed by an overpowering vision of Blake (it's kind of sweetly pretentious in a way, isn't it?) in a Lower East Side apartment. Ginsberg now often includes a chant from a poem as part of his poetry readings; you can read it here. William Blake was born on November 28, 1757 in London. He died on August 12, 1827.
"And mark in every face I meet, Marks of weakness, marks of woe" The second stanza continues the idea of restriction and being controlled. Perhaps this is about the strict charter placed upon London at this time. Blake uses the repetition of the word 'every' to attract attention to the misery and to create both a sense of fear and of interest... ... middle of paper ... ...spects, but majorly different in others. Both of the poets describe London in great detail with much exaggeration but each focussing on either the extreme positive or negative point of view. Obviously, these two poems are opposite and contrasting, both exaggerating the extreme points of view, but they are also similar in some aspects.
“William Blake (1757-1827) was an artist, poet, mystic, visionary and radical thinker.” (4) London comes from ‘Songs of innocence and Experience’ written by Blake in the 1790’s. The poem presents an incredibly negative view of London. In Blake’s view, the terrible living conditions are what caused physical, moral, and spiritual decay. The image of “the Chimney-sweepers cry/ Every blackening church appalls” conveys Blake’s attitude towards The Church of England. He doesn’t agree in having money spent on church buildings, while children live in poverty; forced to clean chimneys.
The fact that both writers paint contrasting images of London, suggests during the period, hatred amongst people between distant areas was common. I will explore how both these poets represent the city by focusing on the language and poetic techniques used in more depth. To begin, I will show you how William Blake uncovers London constructing a daunting atmosphere. Generally he was a religious human being, and believed only god was capable of fulfilling demanding tasks. This reflects why he writes about London negatively, as at the time the city was full of rich and powerful people seen to have godlike qualities.
The poem London is an expression of his sadness, anger and despair for the population of London, he tells us of the prostitutes and the children which are chimneysweepers. Blake tells us of the goings on in London where as Wordsworth only tells us what he can see. William Wordsworth's poem is written as a sonnet, the octave is an elaborate description of his surroundings and what he can see. The sestet is an expression of his feelings; he describes how all the beauty makes him feel and how he has never felt like this before. Blake's poem is written in quatrains and has four verses.