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How Blake And Wordsworth Respond To Nature In Their Poetry

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How Blake And Wordsworth Respond To Nature in Their Poetry
This essay will examine how Blake and Wordsworth respond to nature and
other influences in their poetry. The poems that shall be analysed are
A Poison Tree, Holy Thursday, London, Daffodils, Composed Upon
Westminster Bridge and The World Is Too Much With Us. Each poem will
be analysed individually then compared to other poems.

William Blake and William Wordsworth are both Romantic poets. The
Romantic era was a dramatic change in literature. Before the Romantic
era there were the Augustans. The Augustans wrote about the
aristocrats. The Romantic poets chose to write about the wild untamed
nature and "simple unrefined folk". The purpose of their poetry was to
celebrate the imagination and freedom of the common person. During the
Romantic era there were many revolutions taking place. In England the
industrial revolution was taking place. There was also the French
Revolution and the American Revolution. In both Blake's and
Wordsworth's poetry there is an unmistakeable influence form these
revolutions. 1.

In "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" Wordsworth is describing how
beautiful London is when viewed from Westminster Bridge. Wordsworth
never lived in London and was not familiar with the bustling city that
he was passing through. The sonnet describes the tranquillity of the
city before everyone wakes up and goes about their usual daily
routine. He writes how calming it is to look over London in the
morning. "The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,". It emphasizes the
beauty of the city. Wordsworth sees London as a beautiful and amazing
city. Through out the poem he continually describes it as if it is the
most incredible place on earth. "All bright and glittering in the
smokeless air". By the use of 'glittering' it gives the effect that
London is a famous and astonishing city. 'Smokeless air' implies that
London is a very pure city that had not been infected by the smoke and
pollution that so many other cities contaminated by. The sonnet is
written mainly in the third person in the present tense. It is
fourteen lines long and all of the lines share the same slightly
irregular iambic pentameter. This creates a slow grand effect suitable
for Wordsworths engagement. In this sonnet Wordsworth uses an array of
imagery to convey the picturesque image of the city. The opening line,
"Earth has not anything to show more fair" is effective as it makes it
sound as if the view is the finest thing in the world, this is
emphasised by the use of the negative "not" which emphasises the great
power of the planet. On the fourth line, the subject of the poem is
revealed and by using both personification and a simile. The City is
personified and given the ability to wear...

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