This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Comparing London By William Blake And Westminster Bridge By William Wordsworth

950 words - 4 pages

Comparing London by William Blake and Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth

William Blake was born in London in 1757. He was taught by his mother
at home, and became an apprentice to an engraver at fourteen. In
addition to poetry Blake spent much of his time painting. Blake lived
on the edge of poverty and died in neglect. His poetry receiving
little acclaim while he was alive.

‘London’ was written by Blake in 1789. Taken from Blake’s ‘Songs of
Experience’, the style is darker and in a sense depressing. It
describes the city after the Industrial Revolution. Blake takes a very
negative and hopeless view of the city and the lives of those living
within it. He hated the way London was becoming, looking negatively on
business and materialism.

Blake felt himself as free, and the poem is a comment on others living
in London. In the first line of the first stanza, he creates immediate
effect as he contrasts the words ‘wander’ with ‘charter’d’, which he
goes on to use to describe the Thames River in the following line.
Wander suggests a sense of naturally meandering in an open expanse,
contrasting greatly with the latter, which referring to the city
itself, suggests a sense of narrow enclosed in space. This description
leads the reader to envisage a regulated and constrained city, limited
by business and materialism. Blake goes on to describe the ‘charter’d
Thames does flow.’ This is ironic in the sense that any flow seems to
be restricted by the banked in and concreted image of the river that
the poet creates – there is nothing natural or beautiful about the
Thames any longer. Equally Blake’s repetition of the word mark, while
using it for different meaning brings emphasis and effect. He goes on
to present the Londoners as unhappy victims of the industrialised
‘prison’ they are surrounded by.

In the second stanza Blake describes the whole scale of humanity from
infant to man to feel general disgruntlement with the life that London
inflicts upon them. ‘Ban’ suggests restricted or prohibited. Blake
however suggests that men have in a sense designed their own prison,
implying this by use of ‘mind-forg’d manacle’. He describes infants
who cannot speak but are nonetheless born under the chains, which
Blake suggests society has needlessly inflicted upon itself. Again he
creates effect by the repetition of ‘every’.


Find Another Essay On Comparing London by William Blake and Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth

"Upon Westminster Bridge" by William Wordsworth

847 words - 3 pages calmly and with full control through the city. The speaker presents the city as if it is incapable of being restricted or controlled by anyone.The final lines of the poem offer a strong sense of the potential the speaker sees in the city. It is as if it is a great beast which is resting, implying that soon it will be transformed upon waking.There are no people described in the poem other than the speaker, suggesting that even cities can offer the space to reflect on one's reaction to the environment, an important element of Romantic poetry.reference: "Upon Westminster Bridge" by William Wordsworth

Composed Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth

769 words - 3 pages Composed Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth Poets often express great enthusiasm in their poetry. Show how Wordsworth does this in the poem. William Wordsworth expresses his feelings and views about the majestic morning view of London through this poem. He writes as though he appreciates the rare opportunity to see the real beauty of London. The poem gives you the feeling as if you were part of the poem

Comparing the Poems City Jungle by Pie Corbett, London by William Blake and Londinium by Catatonia

1333 words - 5 pages Comparing the Poems City Jungle by Pie Corbett, London by William Blake and Londinium by Catatonia "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

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

1679 words - 7 pages 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

Westminster Bridge and London

1685 words - 7 pages The poems ‘lines composed on Westminster Bridge’ and ‘London’ are created by William Wordsworth and William Blake respectively. Wordsworth’s work originated in the eighteenth century and he himself lived in the countryside, and rarely visited large cities such as London. This is reflected on his poem, making it personal to his experience in London, however William Blake on the other hand had a vast knowledge of London and was actually a London

Comparing The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake

735 words - 3 pages Comparing The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake Of the many poetic works by William Blake, "The Lamb" and "The Tyger" show a large amount of similarity, as well as differences, both in the way he describes the creatures and in the style he chose to write them. The reader will find many similarities in these two poems. Both of them discuss the creation of the creatures by God. The lines, "Little Lamb, who made thee?" and

William Wordsworth: Painting London

2359 words - 9 pages surprising that the Romantics looked with disgust upon this new form of life. But there were exceptions. William Wordsworth for instance, on the morning of his departure from London, was able to write a quiet sonnet called Composed upon Westminster Bridge – London, September 3, 1802. In the summer of that year, in fact, William Wordsworth left London in a very particular mood. The poet and his sister Dorothy were on their way to France, to make final

Tyger by William Blake

2335 words - 9 pages Poetry is greatly influenced by issues like evil, pain, and human suffering that do not have a literal answer for why they occur. They are often pinpointed by writers as they find its origin or lay the blame through a wide range of poetic devices that cause the reader to question their own beliefs and morals. In the poem ‘Tyger’, William Blake tries to divulge the creation of adversity by asking a series of blatant questions “What immortal hand

Marxism as Found in London, by William Blake

878 words - 4 pages know as Marxism, William Blake’s poem London exhibits many of the qualities favored by Marxism. The poem, in its sixteen lines, centers on both the political background and the social background of London. Keeping with Marxist beliefs, it exemplifies the differences between the upper class citizens and the poverty stricken lower class. He also attacks the Church and the Palace for contributing to the plights of those on the lowest spectrum of

Your Beauty, My Despair in "London" by William Blake

683 words - 3 pages Your Beauty, My DespairThe statement that "Beauty is truth; truth , beauty" does not hold to be a correct implication for everyone as far as life goes or the poem "London" goes. This poem written by William Blake, is about life as he saw it in that time frame and environment of society. In Blake's, poem the reality or "truth" of young girls having babies out of wedlock, soldiers being killed in wars, and poor people struggling to make a living

Comparison of William Blake's London and Wordsworth's Composed Upon Westminster Bridge

1525 words - 6 pages targeted those who were in the higher class who knew how to read. He showed how different people in London were linked together within one depressing society. Nevertheless in, “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge” by William Wordsworth, he presented the other side of the arguments. First it was a sonnet and the poem was certainly positive and showed the adoration of London from the use of language. Secondly he was the future King’s laureate, so he

Similar Essays

Comparison Of London By William Blake And Lines Composed Upon Westminster Bridge By William Wordsworth

1719 words - 7 pages Comparison of London by William Blake and Lines Composed upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth 'Earth has nothing to show more fair', taken from William Wordsworths 'Lines composed upon Westminster Bridge,' could not be more of a contrast to the way William Blake describes what he sees in his poem 'London'. William Wordsworth and William Blake both wrote their poems within a very similar time, yet they are

London By William Blake And Upon Westminster Bridge By William Wordsworth

2015 words - 8 pages London by William Blake and Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth This essay aims to compare and contrast the differences and similarities between the two poems 'London' and 'Upon Westminster Bridge'. They both create powerful, contrasting images but are both similar in the use of language and exaggeration. The first poem to be commented upon is 'London' by William Blake, written a couple of decades before the

Comparing "London" (William Blake) And "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3rd, 1802" (William Wordsworth)

1864 words - 7 pages William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and William Blake (1757-1827) were both romantic poets. Romanticism was an artistic and intellectual movement that originated in the late 18th Century. Blake and Wordsworth tended to write about the same things such as nature, people and structures, such as cities like London. Emotions also played a big part in romantic poems. Often poets would be inspired by a simple view and would write a masterpiece about it

Comparision Betwen The Poems "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3,1802" By William Wordsworth And "London" By William Blake

2387 words - 10 pages In this essay I am going to compare the poems "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3,1802" by William Wordsworth and "London" by William Blake.William Blake and William Wordsworth were both romantic poets. This did and does not mean that they wrote poems about love but romanticism emphasized the individual, the subjective, the irrational, the imaginative, the personal, the spontaneous, the emotional, the visionary, and the