Compare And Contrast The Romantic Visions In 'london'' By William Blake And 'composed Upon Westminster Bridge' By William Wordsworth

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Although the poems 'London' by William Blake and 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' by William Wordsworth are both about the city of London they are very different in many ways. Throughout this essay I will be comparing and contrasting the romantic visions found within each of them, their use of stylistic features and how they reflect the Romantic period.The poem 'London' is about a man wandering through the streets of London sharing his thoughts and views on how corrupt society is. This poem carries a very pessimistic view of London. He sees people everywhere with expressions of sadness and depression. He feels as if the people have corrupted themselves by the use of the metaphor ...view middle of the document...

This also ties in very closely to the phrase "Every black'ning Church appalls" (line 10), the word 'black'ning' symbolises the tainting of the church as all the scared vows taken within it are being broken by these sinful acts of adultery, the church is absolutely appalled by this because not only are they going against God and living these lives of impurity but at the same time they are also bringing down the name of the church and therefore the power it has over society, for people are now not afraid to live their lives in sin which makes the church now non-in-void.The speaker feels as if society is suffering because humanity has gone against their roots and it is this detachment from nature itself that has left them oppressed and leading these miserable lives. The tone and mood of this poem is very pessimistic and depressive, all the references to death and pain give a dark weary atmosphere to the poem. These negative words such as "weakness", "woe"," cry", "fear", manacles", "curse", plagues" and "hearse" add to the tone of the poem but also provokes powerful imagery as we have all felt similar at certain periods of our lives and so can relate to the feelings conveyed throughout the poem. The rhyme scheme of this poem is abab. The poem is set out in four stanza's consisting of four lines each. The idea's and messages conveyed by this poem is that there once was a time during the revolutionary years that there was a great impact in London by the Industrial revolution and the plagues and diseases going around at that time. London was not a very nice place back then and the whole city was depressed and deeply and emotionally affected by the current situation. Also that we must not let ourselves become trapped in our minds by the overwhelming feelings of pain and sadness for it can only lead to a miserable existence.The poem 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge' is about a man watching the sun rise over the city of London and receiving an almost spiritual revelation from the experience. It is a very descriptive piece about London in all it glory. "Earth has not anything to show more fair: / Dull would he be of soul who could pass by/ A sight so touching in its majesty;", these first three lines of the poem show that he feels that this magnificent sight which he is currently witnessing is the most beautiful thing on earth and that all those that cannot feeling any sense of enlightenment for such a sight has a very deprived and dull soul. He then goes on to describe the sun rising upon this great city and how the sun baths the city in its light which makes it "bright and glittering". The very fact that the city seems to be 'glittering' symbolizes that this is a very precious moment and that the memory of it should always be treasured." In his first...

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