What ideas do Blake and Wordsworth present and how effectively are

What ideas do Blake and Wordsworth present and how effectively are

Length: 1210 words (3.5 double-spaced pages)

Rating: Excellent

Open Document

Essay Preview

More ↓
What ideas do Blake and Wordsworth present and how effectively are
they presented?

Both poets lived through both the eighteenth and nineteenth century. I
believe these poems were written just around the turn of the century.
During this time the Industrial Revolution was underway and Britainwas
becoming a very advanced country. It was a time of big change for
everyone and I think the poets both explain that in their poems. Not
only was it the Revolution, it was about the same time as the Romantic
Movement, when poets would write about beauty, love and purity. The
whole population attended church every Sunday. They all believed God
was ubiquitous (these people were called Pantheists). It was an
extremely religious age and anyone who did not respect God would be
treated with disrespect. Both poets had to remember this when they
wrote their poems.

Both poems are about the same place (London) but both poets have
different views. In my opinion they are both harshly critical of the
city and its population. William Wordsworth "Composed upon WestminsterBridge"
is written in a fourteen line sonnet, the first eight describing the
man made elements of Londonand the last six talking about the natural
beauty. He has written it in prose using iambic pentameter to help
emphasise the meaning of the rhyming words, each line has the same
number of syllables. The poem itself is descriptive, with a strong
rhyming scheme. It contains anachronism, in the third to last line he
uses archaic English to describe the river. This shows he has a wider
ranger of vocabulary than other poet at that time. He uses assonance
throughout the poem along with adjectives and punctuation on every

Wordsworth is very optimistic with his feeling towards London. His
philosophy is to appreciate the Londonview and the beauty of nature
everywhere. I get the impression he believes God gave us our senses
and the ability to remember the beauty in everything around us. He
personifies everything, the sun, river, and even the city itself. He
gives them functions that are unique to humans. He says:

"The City now doth like a garment wear

The beauty of the morning:"

This makes the reader think that the city is not just an inanimate
collection of buildings but actually alive, bustling with life. I
interpret this personification to mean that the city is disguising
itself in the beauty of the morning sun, not revealing this true

Knowing the way Londonwas back then, during the Industrial Revolution,
it is clear to say that Wordsworth is exaggerating its beauty. He uses
effective imagery and praises all achievements in the world, both by
man and in nature.

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"What ideas do Blake and Wordsworth present and how effectively are." 123HelpMe.com. 18 Nov 2019

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

How London is Portrayed in Composed upon Westminster Bridge and London Essay

- How London is Portrayed in Composed upon Westminster Bridge and London William Wordsworth's poem, "Composed upon Westminster Bridge" written in 1904 looks at the positive side of London city and it natural Beauty. Whereas William Blake wrote the poem, "London" in 1794, the poem is negative towards authority and politics. The theme of the two poems is the city of London and how different people preserve it. "All bright and glittering in the smokeless air" (line 8) is a romantic view of the city of London....   [tags: William Wordsworth William Blake Compare]

Research Papers
534 words (1.5 pages)

Comparison of the Portrayal of Nature in Blake and Wordsworth Essay

- Comparison of the Portrayal of Nature in Blake and Wordsworth One of the most popular themes for Romantic poetry in England was nature and an appreciation for natural beauty. The English Romantic poets were generally concerned with the human imagination as a counter to the rise of science. The growing intellectual movement of the 18th and 19th centuries placed scientific thought in the forefront of all knowledge, basing reality in material objects. The Romantics found this form of world view to be restrictive....   [tags: Poetry Compare Contrast Blake Wordsworth Essays]

Research Papers
1525 words (4.4 pages)

William Blake And William Wordsworth Essay

- Children are always portrayed in books as angelic beings that are the closest to being perfect since they are innocent and pure. Many would suggest that this is not true, that children can be just as finable as adults. They cry when they do not get their way and throw tantrums that are quite obscene. However, the idea of this angelic child did not come into play until the 18th century. The poets William Blake and William Wordsworth are the two poets that coined this idea of the child. In the poems of these two authors, children are portrayed as innocent and pure beings and are closer to God than adults....   [tags: Childhood, Poetry, William Blake, Romanticism]

Research Papers
1990 words (5.7 pages)

Essay on William Blake's London and William Wordsworth's London, 1802

- William Blake's London and William Wordsworth's London, 1802 The figure of the poet as it pertains to William Blake and William Wordsworth is different according to the perception of most analysts. Blake addresses a universal audience in a prophetic voice, taking the role of the poet upon himself often using a mystical tone. In contrast Wordsworth uses language specific to all and directs his writing to ordinary people writing as an ordinary person reacting to his own personal experiences....   [tags: William Blake Wordsworth English Literature]

Research Papers
2502 words (7.1 pages)

Comparing Composed Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth and London by William Blake

- Comparison between William Blake and William Wordsworth’s Views of London William Blake grew up in the slums of London and this is shown in his poem, he wrote his poem in the slums and back alleys of London as he never had very much money. He describes London as being “charter’d”, this gives us the impression that everything has rules and boundaries in London, and that there is no mystery to be discovered. Also chartered means on a map, almost as if it is owned, by the king perhaps. The line in which the word is on, “I wander through each charter’d street, near where the charter’d Thames does flow,” makes us feel as if every thing is owned and nothing is natural, like all the people in Lo...   [tags: William Wordsworth William Blake]

Research Papers
1468 words (4.2 pages)

Comparing the Two Pictures of London, Illustrated by Wordsworth and Blake in Their Two Poems

- Comparing the Two Pictures of London, Illustrated by Wordsworth and Blake in Their Two Poems The two poems depicting London by Wordsworth and Blake are in some ways similar and yet have many differences. Both observations of London are depicted through the poets' personal perspectives of London using individual experiences. We can tell that both poems are from the person's interpretations and experiences as they are said in the first person: 'Ne'er saw I…' in Wordswoths' poem and: 'I wonder through each chartered street…' in Blakes'....   [tags: Compare Contrast Wordsworth Blake]

Research Papers
1417 words (4 pages)

Comparing William Wordsworth's Composed Upon Westminster Bridge and William Blake's London

- Compare and Contrast William Wordsworth's Composed Upon Westminster Bridge and William Blake's London William Wordsworth and William Blake wrote poems about London, but they presented their views from different angles. Wordsworth sees the beauty in London and Blake sees only the ugliness. William Wordsworth's "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" gives a step-by-step look at the awe-inspiring beauty of a London sunrise, whereas William Blake's "London" shows the dreary ugliness of London life by taking a stroll down London's streets....   [tags: comparison compare contrast wordsworth blake]

Research Papers
1170 words (3.3 pages)

Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth and London by William Blake

- Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth and London by William Blake Upon Westminster Bridge was written by William Wordsworth on September 3rd 1802. William Blake wrote London between 1757 and 1827. Both poems are about London, but they have very different views of the city. Wordsworth sees the good about the city and doesn't pick up any negatives. Blake however expresses a negative feeling and shows how it is felt by all. Wordsworth was the son of a lawyer called John Wordsworth. His father was the personal attorney of the Earl of Lonsdale, the most powerful and hated man in the area....   [tags: Westminster Wordsworth London Blake Essays]

Research Papers
1813 words (5.2 pages)

Romantic Works Of William Wordsworth, William Blake, Samuel T. Coleridge And Wordsworth

- The Romantic Period in England produced some of the most prolific writers in history including William Wordsworth, William Blake, Samuel T. Coleridge and many others. Fueled by new scientific discoveries, revolutions, and an impending Industrial Age these writers happened to share similar themes. One common theme Romantic writers shared was nature or ecology, specifically in the early years of the Romantic Movement. This romantic motif which celebrates nature appears to be an attack on the negative effects caused by the Industrial age....   [tags: Romanticism, William Wordsworth]

Research Papers
1060 words (3 pages)

William Poetry Of William Blake And William Wordsworth Essay

- Childhood The definition of children shifts depending on the person. To some the definition is a time without any worry, to others it is a more logical definition such as the period of time between infancy and adolescence. There are many different versions of this definition, and this is seen in the poetry of William Blake and William Wordsworth. These two authors have very different views on what it means to be a child and how they are portrayed in this era. Compared to now, Children in Blake’s eyes are seen as people that need guidance and need to be taught certain lessons by their parents such as religious, moral, and ethical values....   [tags: Childhood, Poetry, William Blake, Romanticism]

Research Papers
1788 words (5.1 pages)

When Wordsworth says:

"Dull would he be of soul who could pass by

A sight so touching in its majesty:"

He immediately shows how he feels, presuming that the sight of Londonwould
excite strong views in those who are lucky enough to see it. It is not
quite clear on whether he is criticizing or complementing London.
Taking into account the Wordsworth's most famous pieces are about the
beauty of his lake district, it is not hard to imagine that this line
is a criticism. When he then describes London as 'glittering in the
smokeless air', it is clear that he is being sarcastic as the
Industrial Revolution was underway, therefore the chimneys in London
would have been blowing out thick black smoke. He also describes
London as being 'calm', which is not possible as it is the capital of
England, therefore it would have been full of life, even in 'The
beauty of the morning'.

In Contrast to all this, William Blake's poem expresses his feelings
in a more abstract style. His poem, 'London' is written in four verses
consisting of four lines each. The title is Colloquial and each verse
is an enjambment. There is a mixture of seven and eight syllables per
line. Assonance is used in every line making it more interesting. He
uses alternate line rhyming to make it sound regular which helps
accentuate the last word of each line. Each verse of Blake's poem
attacks a different aspect of London, making it clear that he found
Londona very immoral and corrupt city. Blake is very pessimistic about
everything in London, he does not seem to have a good word to say
about it. He uses hyperbole to criticise it and the sadness of the
people who live there.

Many of the words in his poem have more than one meaning. For example
in the first line he talks about London's 'charter'd' roads and the
'charter'd' Thames. Chartered can mean either the responsibility of
the church or state, it can also be used to mean dissolute and freely
immoral. Taken in context with the rest of the poem I believe it means
freely immoral as as he goes on he alludes to prostitution and other
corrupt activities. He uses people and buildings to represent the
establishment that they are associated with. He says:

"And the happiest soldier's sigh

Runs in blood down palace walls."

This gives the image of a soldier's sigh running in blood down palace
walls. He is attacking the monarchy and the government for sending
young men overseas to fight and inevitably die in foreign wars.
Compared to Wordsworth, Blake has very corrupt view of Londonfocusing
on all the bad points of everything to do with it.

In the concluding stanza he uses the theme of sexually transmitted
diseases, which he believes will lead to the end of society. This is
most obvious theme in the closing verse because he describes:

"How the youthful harlot's curse

Blasts the newborn infant's tear."

This shows that the sexually transmitted disease affected everyone
because of the promiscuity of the people in the city. He believes that
if prostitutes and other people keep sleeping around then disease will
spread and more people will die. The last line uses the image of
marriage as the reason for this. Marriage is supposed to be a happy
occasion, an appropriate time for sexual intercourse. I think that
Blake believed marriage was an institution that would carry you to
your death bed through infidelity, as this was hinted to lead to the
end of civilisation.

Overall Wordsworth's poem is less melodramatic in its outlook as it
just describes Londonat one moment in time, it does not talk about the
inhabitants of the city or the future for everyone in it. Wordsworth
invokes Gods name in the penultimate line:

"Dear God! the very houses seem asleep"

This in my opinion is because he is so overwhelmed by the tranquillity
of London. In contrast nowhere does Blake use direct speech to amplify
any of the emotions. Both poems show feelings of both disgust and
concern for the city, each poet having their own personnel views.

If I had to pick one of these poems it would be William Blake's 'London'
as he talks about the reality of things unlike Wordsworth who is just
optimistic about everything. Blake is more clear cut with the meanings
of the words he uses. His poem is provoking and also more emotionally
charged and melodramatic. It seems almost true as most of the issues
he discusses are still relevant in Londontoday.
Return to 123HelpMe.com