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How Does William Blake Convey His Anger In The Poem London ?

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How Does William Blake convey his anger in the poem London ?

The poem 'London' by William Blake, relfects his feelings upon the
society that he was living in , and how despreratly it needed help.
Blake thought that all of the poverty and misfortune that was
happening on the streets were caused by the political opression in
London. Blake was angered by what he saw in his homeland as other
countries started fighting for their indipendence and equality whilst
his country stayed dormant, eventhough he felt that there was a
serious need for serious action.

Eventhough Blake wasn't a typical romantic writer, he too possesed the
same beliefs of fighting for what one believes in, and the urge to be
liberated from the opression of society. So, by being a writer of the
romantic period, watching a controlled and restricted society not
showing an intent to break free and fight against the monarchy,
angered him and inspired him to convey his ideas and feelings throuh
the poem 'London'.

In the poem, Blake travels through London and descibes what he sees.
And as a result, he sees a severly opressed society that is caused by
the authority, such as royalty and the church. This is as Blake sees
that even the 'streets' and the 'thames' are 'chartered' and governed
by the authorities. This is furthur emphasised by his repitition of
the word 'chartered' which then gives the reader an image of the lack
of freedom that the people in London posses as the 'streets' is a
metahor for the general public while the 'thames' represents their
freedom, this is as rivers are normally associated with free will
while the 'streets' are gernerally associated with the lower class in
society. So, by describing the streets and the thames as being
'chartered', Blake is then able to create an image in the readers mind
of the public being severly opressed by figures of authority. Another
image that the writer creates, of an opressed scoiety, is the metaphor
'mind for'ged manacles', this is as the 'manacles' are only 'forged'
by the 'mind' thus, it not being real so therefore anyone can break
free from it anytime, but yet they chose to stay in self-imprisonment.
The line 'mind for'ged manacles' also conveys Blake's anger towards
the ignorance of the people in country as he believed that they could
break free from their imaginary prison cells, and fight the
authorities that were causing their poverty, just like in the French

One way that Blake uses to convey his anger on what he sees is through
his constant repition on certain words. In the first stanza,he repeats
the word 'charter'd' twice. By repeating the word 'charter'd twice',
it places furthur emphasis on the 'streets' and 'thames' being
restricted by authority. The word 'mark' is then also repeated three
times in the poem, by doing so, Blake is able to let the reader take
more awearness of the word 'mark' and the story it is associated with,
which is the mark of Caine.

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