Blake and Wordsworth's Descriptions of the City in London and Westminster Bridge

Blake and Wordsworth's Descriptions of the City in London and Westminster Bridge

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Blake and Wordsworth's Descriptions of the City in London and Westminster Bridge


The poets Blake and Wordsworth have wrote two opposing poems, which
express different opinions of industrial places. I will be comparing
the language and attitude expressed by both poets. Blake seems to
express extreme dislike towards London, whilst Wordsworth expresses
like, and peace in his view towards Westminster Bridge.

In the first two lines Blake expresses clear dislike in the way the
Thames has been treated. In the first line he gives the word charter'd
meaning by saying that the streets are "each charter'd street", this
gives the meaning of "mapped". He calls the Thames mapped because of
the way it has been modified to flow in a direction to man's liking,
he is also saying that the Thames is now as unnatural as the city,
Blake dislikes this as we know he is a natural loving person. He the
goes on to say that man is spiritually weak "marks of weakness, marks
of woe", and that people are saddened at having to live in the city.

He than goes on in the second stanza by saying that children see the
way Blake does "in every infants cry of fear", and that they have not
yet accepted that they have no choice but to live in London. He
stresses this by later saying "The mind-forg'd manacles I hear", by
saying that man has imprisoned himself in the town and that they
believe that there is no way in which they can leave.

In the third stanza he stresses that people do not want to be in
London by giving reasons. He states that the Chimney-sweeper is under
attack from soot. He continues to say that the Church is appalled, and
ruined, and is probably saying that the church has turned black due to
the amount of pollution in London's air. He continues and states that
a soldier on patrol sighs with unhappiness.

In the fourth stanza he says that in London there are prostitutes
"Harlot" and is probably referring to way that she repulses God

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(people were very religious) and that this would not happen in the
country, and that her new-born infant is cursed with the prostitutes
disease. He finishes by saying the prostitute will blight the sexual
marriage between her and her partner with disease.

With Wordsworth's poem, he his expressing a like for the morning as he
looks out upon Westminster Bridge. The title of his poem is also very
accurate as to where he is unlike Blake's which is simply named
London. The reason why he did this might have been because he wants
other people to experience what he has seen. Wordsworth is a romantic
poet, and thought that human nature and inhuman nature was holy.

In his poem he immediately starts off by saying that the earth has not
anything more beautiful than the sight he is seeing at the moment, and
strengthens this by saying that the person who could pass by this view
without looking at its sight in majesty is dull "Dull would he be of
soul…its majesty;" He also goes on to say that the city wears the
morning like a garment which is imagery.

He goes on to use alliteration "All bright and glittering", and then
says that this view is more wondrous than the country by saying
"valley, rock, or high; Ne'er saw I, never felt a calm so deep",
meaning that for all the views that he has seen in the country he has
never seen one as calming as the one he is looking at now. He then
makes a statement which completely contradicts Blake's by saying the
"The river glideth at his own sweet will", this meaning that the river
still flows its natural course, unlike what Blake said which is that
it is mapped out as with the city. He finishes by stating that
everything is so quiet that even the houses seem asleep "the very
houses seem asleep" he then says "And all that mighty heart is lying
still", which could be referring to the city, and that the people in
its are its blood moving around, and now are asleep or that the Earth
itself is, using imagery.
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