In this introduction I am intending to compare and contrast two poems.
The poems I am contrasting are called ‘London’ and ‘Composed Upon
Westminster’. These two poems are written in the 19th century. The
writers had the same ideas about the two poems. The poems are both
about London. The writers both give a different view of London. The
London poem is written by William Blake in 1757-1827. The Westminster
poem written by William Wordsworth in 1770 – 1850
Blake’s representation of London is bleak. The title London is short
and gets straight to the point. The first verse is a description of
the city, streets, rivers and the people in the city. The first line
creates a feeling like London is being owned. It is described like
hell. The quote is “I wonder thro each chattered streets, near were
the chartered Thames does flow. Blake has a sinister view of London.
He describes it like a prison. The second two lines inverse 1 is about
the people. The quote is ‘and marks in every face I meet, marks of
weakness marks of woe.’ These two lines mean when Blake sees people on
the streets of London they have marks on their faces. The last quote
means that the people are weak, have grief and sorrow. The imagery
Blake creates in the first verse is of the empty streets and the
The second verse is about the people. “In every cry of every man” “in
every infants cry of fear” the imagery the second verse suggests pain.
“Infants cry” of mental torture “mind forged manacles”. There is a lot
of repetition. In the second verse Blake emphasises on the word
‘every’ to really put the pain across.
The third verse is about the institutions and culture. Blake says ‘the
chimney sweepers cry’. ...
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...s like heaven.
Wordsworth is in a dream. He is describing London as romantic.
The similarities both of these poems are that Blake says marks of
weakness marks of woe. Wordsworth says mighty heart. Blake says
blackening church, hapless soldier, palace walls. Wordsworth says
ships, towers, domes, theatres, temples. Blake says chimney sweepers
and blackening church. Wordsworth says smokeless air. Blake says
chartered Thames does flow and Wordsworth says the river glideth at
his own sweet will.
Blake says midnight streets and Wordsworth says valleys rocks or
hills. Blake says midnight and Wordsworth says bright and glittery. He
also says morning. Blake says cry in every man and Wordsworth says
calm so deep.
The poem that gives me a better description of London is Blake’s point
of view. He has a simple structure and his description is very
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