Blake illustrates an image of the city as corrupt with poverty, illness and sin - al... ... middle of paper ... ... argued that literature of the 18th and 19th century holds a mirror to the themes of crime, social injustice and sin which occur within London. Both Blake’s poem ‘London’ and Dickens’ Oliver Twist clearly demonstrate the social unrest and corruption of the capital city through their persona or characters whereas ‘Tintern Abbey’ by Wordsworth reverts to comparing the city and the country in order to decide which is better. However, Wordsworth’s ‘Composed upon Westminster bridge’ develops an idea of London being a beautiful site and astonishing yet there is little evidence elsewhere within literature of the period which suggests other writers share the same view. Overall, the literature of this course does not strongly subscribe to the view put forward in The Beggar’s Opera of London being a ‘fine town’ yet there is little evidence which would suggest otherwise.
The Songs of Experience - Explication of London William Blake published, in 1794, a collection of poems entitled The Songs of Experience. This collection works in collaboration with an earlier collection of the author's poems called The Songs of Innocence. The works of 1794 bring to the reader a more realistic or even pessimistic view of the author's native England, in comparison to the poems in The Songs of Innocence. One of the works in the more realistic collection is simply titled "London." In this work Blake gives a concise critique of the city that shares its name with the title as the speaker moves among the suffering people of that city.
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.
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London by William Blake and Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth This essay aims to compare and contrast the differences and similarities between the two poems 'London' and 'Upon Westminster Bridge'. They both create powerful, contrasting images but are both similar in the use of language and exaggeration. The first poem to be commented upon is 'London' by William Blake, written a couple of decades before the second poem written by William Wordsworth. William Blake negatively describes London and uses the first person narrative to make it seem as if it were him wandering the lonely streets of London. He creates a woeful and miserable impression of the capital city of England.
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A Reading of William Blake’s London William Blake channels his general dissatisfaction of the organization of society during the late eighteenth century in his lyrical poem entitled “London” (1794). Blake uses vividly expressive language through the spoken observations of a symbolic character he created to narrate and recite social and political problems afflicting this metropolis in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. The poem’s rhythmically patterned linear style, which is very strictly structured, reinforces its central theme: that oppression will be revisited. Blake’s use of such elements of poetry as setting and situation, diction and tone, structure and form, symbols and images, sound and rhyme, and rhythm and meter to convey this strong message of political and social importance. The title of the poem, coupled with the first stanza, establishes the setting in London (England) and describes the social environment that frames the characters (the city’s residents) and their surroundings.
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In this similarity, both writers use apostrophe, which is the addressing of someone or something that is not present. Wordsworth in London 1802 begins his poem by addressing “Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour” (Line 1). We can see Wordsworth calling out to Milton, wishing that he were living during Wordsworth’s time where his society is in need of a man like Milton because England is now a “fen / Of stagnant waters” (Line 2-3). Dunbar too opens his poem by addressing the figure Douglass with the line “Ah, Douglass, we have fall’n on evil days”(Line 1), as the author describes how his society had seen better days when Douglass was living.