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

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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 transcendental.William Blake was born in London into a working class family in 1757. His father was a successful London hosier and his mother worked at home as was common at the time. Blake's father encouraged Blake's artistic talents and in 1767 Blake was sent to Henry Par's Drawing School. After a few years his father couldn't afford to keep Blake at Henry Par's Drawing School. Therefore his father apprenticed Blake to the engraver James Basire at the age of 14. In 1783, Blake married Catherine Boncher. Blake taught Catherine how to draw and she assisted Blake devoutly. Blake never overcame poverty but he left no debts at his death in 1827.By contrast William Wordsworth was born in the country, in the Lake District into a middle-class family 23yrs later in 1770. His father was the attorney to Sir James Howther. He loved nature and the landscape of the Lake District gave him a great imagination. Wordsworth lost his mother when he was eight and only five years later his father passed away. Domestic problems separated Wordsworth from his beloved but neurotic sister who was very important to Wordsworth. With help of his uncles he was able to enter a local school. He then continued his education at Cambridge University. Wordsworth went to France and to Switzerland. On his second visit to France he had an affair and had an illegitimate daughter, Anne Caroline. In 1795, Wordsworth met Coleridge. Also his financial situation got better as he received a legacy and he was able to settle in Racedown, Dorset with his Sister Dorothy. Consequently he did not live in poverty like Blake but had a reasonably comfortable middle-class life. Wordsworth spent the winter off 1798-99 with his sister and Coleridge in Germany. After their holiday Wordsworth moved to Dove Cottage, Grasmere. In 1802, he married Mary Hutchinson and they both looked after Dorothy for the last years of her life. In later life, Wordsworth abandoned his radical ideas and became a more patriotic, conservative man and he died in 1850.Their biographies show that Wordsworth and Blake lived very different lives and were both very different people and this shows in the way they write their poems. Blake attacks the problems directly and writes in a darker style, whereas Wordsworth uses a more educated form of a sonnet with more optimistic, lighter tone.Both of the poems take place in London but each give a different opinion. Blake speaks of London in a negative way and his perspective is from amongst the streets of London and the working class poor (who he can connect with...

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