A Comparison of Blake and Wordsworth’s view of London Essay

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A Comparison of Blake and Wordsworth’s view of London ==========================================================

William Wordsworth and William Blake both wrote popular poems about London, but their views of it were very different, this could be because of the way they grew up. Blake was brought up in the city and saw the more poverty-driven and polluted side to London whereas Wordsworth writes about the beauty and peaceful view of London. He may have seen this side because he was born and bred in the beautiful countryside in the North of England.

Blake is walking down the dirty streets of the capital city and talks about the pain and emotion in the people he sees, “in every cry of every
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Wordsworth is well known for his love of nature and the poem shows this, he gives the impression of fresh air, freedom and peace by using words like ‘fields’, ‘sky’ and ‘silent’ and he mentions the beauty of London, the “ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples”. Instead of concentrating on the people and their emotions like Blake, Wordsworth focuses on it as though he was describing a beautiful, natural area of countryside.

Wordsworth talks about how the “Earth has not anything to show more fair”, he is describing that London can’t show anything more attractive than what he sees from Westminster Bridge. He then says how it is “a sight so touching in its majesty,” London is so royal and perfect. Wordsworth refers to the city wearing “a garment” as though it is hiding the gloomy, sinister London underneath. From Westminster Bridge he can see the fields and countryside, he doesn’t get to see the busy roads, streets and big buildings beyond.

In contrast, Blake sees the hideous, bleak part of the city and the gloomy, depressing emotions the people that pass by him are feeling. He expresses his feelings of sadness and frustration, he describes “chartered” streets and Thames, which emphasises how everything has been demoralized and taken over.

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