Comparing London and Composed Upon Westminister Essay

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Comparing “London by William Blake” and “Composed upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth” In Blake’s and Wordsworth’s poems, they both comment on the same aspects but with a contrast. William Wordsworth lived in 1770-1850. He lived in the country, and so was used to the rural settings and green images, all this natural beauty would encourage and have influence on his writing. Blake lived in London; he lived from 1757-1827. In the poems there are similarities and differences, as the poet’s had different opinions and thoughts about London. Blake spent his whole life in London, whereas Wordsworth came and went as he pleased. Blake was involved with and lived in the struggle which was poverty, starvation and a desperate struggle; however Wordsworth may not have been aware of the desperate decline in London at that period. From the start of Blake’s poem he immediately starts to describe London in its desperate state using the words “woe” and “weakness”, these words insert an image and also declare the overall tone and mood of the poem. However, on the hand, Wordsworth begins his poem with “earth has not anything to show more fair. Dull would he be of soul who could pass by.” This implies a totally different view, this clarifies Wordsworth’s opinion, that he finds London the most beautiful place on Earth. Moreover, the way which Wordsworth structures his poem, is majorly different. Wordsworth uses a form, ten syllables in each line to keep the pace of the poem. Blake uses a quatrain, which is a rhyming scene that has four line stanzas. The timing of the day was also a factor, and perhaps the most important reason, for the poem’s complete differences. Wordsworth wrote his poem in the morning hence the line “The beauty of the morning”, and at this time of day it would have been silent and had a certain amount of tranquillity. On the other hand, Blake wrote his
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