"City Jungle" by Pie Corbett, "London" by William Blake and
"Londinium" by Catatonia are poems that share the same theme: cities
and city life. They each have negative opinions of cities and similar
themes and messages, that cities are unpleasant. The poems are
however, vastly different in their style; "City Jungle" has a fun
atmosphere, whereas "Londinium" and "London" have depressing
atmospheres (especially "London").
"City jungle" is simple, direct and modern title that paradoxically
compares cities to jungles; both are over crowded, hostile places
though are opposite extremes on the spectrum of civilisation and
nature. "City Jungle" maybe a description of cities in general rather
one specific city as we are not told which city is being described.
"London" is another simple, direct and modern title (although the poem
itself is complex and old-fashioned). We know that London is the city
being described in the poem because of the title "London" and the
description of the River Thames and of Buckingham Palace.
"Londinium" is a direct title that uses the Latin translation for
London to give us a sense of history, because London is an old city.
We know that London is the city being described because of the title
"Londinium" and of the description of Euston and Paddington train
stations and of the M25.
The poem "City Jungle" is a modern, humorous poem that demonstrates
the likeness of cities to jungles by describing commonplace city
objects as jungle creatures, "Lizard cars cruse by".
"London" is a Victorian poem in which Bla...
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...rn. "City Jungle" on the other hand has no
rhyming pattern and is written in free verse, all of which are of
different length. The poem is completely irregular and haphazard,
rather like a city. "Londinium" is a song and its structure has the
qualities of one. It is written in free verse with an irregular rhythm
and rhyming patter and has a chorus that repeats itself throughout the
Although all three poems express their poets' dislike of cities, they
were written for different purposes. "City Jungle" and "Londinium" do
not confront any serious issues, unlike "London" in which William
Blake tries to make people realise how he believed that society in
Britain was degenerating. I prefer "London" to "City Jungle" and
"Londinium" because I prefer traditional style poems and it has real
purpose unlike the others.
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