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How Do William Blake And William Wordsworth Respond To Nature In Their

752 words - 3 pages

How do William Blake and William Wordsworth respond to nature in their
poetry?

The Romantic Era was an age, which opened during the Industrial
(1800-1900) and French Revolution (1789). These ages affected the
romantic poets greatly by disrupting and polluting nature. Before the
Industrial Revolution, William Blake wrote about Songs of Innocence.
He also wrote Songs of Experience but after the Industrial
Revolution. William Wordsworth, on the other hand, continued on an
optimistic route and ignored the Industrial Revolution in his poems.
He instead wrote about nature only and its beauty. Previous Augustan
poets were more controlled and rule governed. They were also concerned
with order.

In Blake’s ‘London’, he describes the city as being dirty and
restricted giving a pessimistic image, whereas Wordsworth describes it
as a beautiful and free city giving an optimistic image. Blake shows
how in his point of view, he thinks the city is controlled, “Near
where the charter’d Thames does flow.” The adjective ‘charter’d’
illustrates how the Thames is under control. Blake also talks about
how the people's minds are not free to think, “The mind-forg’d
manacles I hear.” The noun ‘manacles’ describes people’s minds as
being chained and controlled like slaves and prisoners. ‘London’ is
set in the night time which straight away makes you think about the
city being drowned in darkness, “But most thro’ midnight streets I
hear.” The adjective ‘most’ shows us how nearly everything occurs at
night. The darkness also shows us how there is a feeling of secrecy.

On the other hand, in ‘Composed upon Westminster Bridge’, Wordsworth
shows in his perspective that nothing is controlled in the city,”The
river glideth at his own sweet will.” The verb ‘glideth’ shows how the
river is uncontrolled and ‘own sweet will’ emphasizes the way the
river flows freely. Wordsworth talks about the mind being free and
relaxed, “Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!” The adjective
‘deep’ shows how immense the tranquility is. It also shows how the
poem is personal, “Ne’er saw I.” He sets the scene in the morning,
creating a feeling of calmness and peace, “The beauty of the morning;
silent, bare.” The noun ‘beauty’ implies splendor and magnificence,
showing the opposite of what Blake writes about ‘London’. The
adjective ‘silent’ is also the opposite of what Blake writes in
‘London’, “How the youthful Harlot’s curse”. Wordsworth mentions the
daffodils as people, “When all at once I saw a crowd.”...

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