William Wordsworth and 'London' by William Blake express very different feelings about the sights and sounds of London. What are these feelings; why are they different and how do the words of the poets bring these feelings alive for you? William Wordsworth was a British poet and was born in 1770 and died in 1850. He attempted to connect many poems he published with descriptions of nature due to his love and appreciation of the wildlife. Wordsworth lived in the Lake District in the north of England. Poet William Blake was born in 1757 and died in 1827.
The majority of his poems are commenting on social issues and problems. This means that Blake was a social commentator and therefore, linked his poems to social problems. He lived in London and witnessed a great change throughout London; part of this was the industrial revolution. He believed in equality and everyone should have an equal say. Wordsworth describes all the movements, sounds and smells on the Westminster Bridge. He stands on the Westminster Bridge. He stands there motionless whilst all the different busy people surrounding him rush on the Westminster Bridge in London.
Wordsworth expresses many positive emotions about the events on the bridge. Therefore, the Westminster Bridge is portrayed as a peaceful place and natural with a tranquil atmosphere. In the poem William Wordsworth is motionless on the bridge describing and explaining all the positive features of London. For example: "This city new doth, like a garment, wear the beauty of the morning; silent, bare. " The poem is cheerful has a light-hearted atmosphere. The atmosphere is showed throughout the poem for instance: "In first splendour, valley, rock, or hill, Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep.
This section of the poem demonstrates the joyful perspective of London from Wordsworth opinion. The city is admired and appreciated from Wordsworth. William Blake expresses extremely negative opinions of London throughout his poem. William Blake's negative perspective is show in some sections of the poem, for instance: "Marks of weakness, marks of woe. " This section of the poem shows the writers opinion about London. He believes that London is a placed filled with weaknesses and hatred. William Blake 'wanders' through London whilst commentating on the negative events he has witnessed.
This word 'wanders' has a double meaning suggesting that Wordsworth is wondering and thinking about the condition whilst he wanders through London. The poem is consistently in a negative poem filled with 'marks of woe' across the whole of London. Also he continues a constant state of misery and pain. His depressive opinion is shown in this quote "In every cry of every man" this demonstrates the suffering and terrible atmosphere William Blake portrays in the poem. Blake uses language techniques to reveal the characters appearances and opinions.
The emotive language is shown in this quote: 'mark in every face I meet Marks of weakness, marks of woe' this shows the signs in 'every' person walking across the streets of London. Also 'every' is used in most sentences to emphasise that the majority of people look depressed and have many signs of 'weaknesses' due to the current state of London. The writer describes people collectively in the next paragraph for example: 'In every cry of every man' which shows the writers description of 'every man' and how each one is experiencing concerns due to the current state of London.
Both poets have different purposes for each of their poems. William Wordsworth wanted to illustrate a positive image in the readers mind. However, William Blake wanted to be 'accurate' and criticise London's problems. William Wordsworth is inspired by the environment and comments on the nature involved in London. ' The beauty of the morning' is one of the lines from his sonnet which show the reader his love for nature and that he wants to express his emotions through this poem.
Wordsworth therefore, creates a 'Beautiful morning scene' throughout the poem. William Blake wants to express a different opinion of London, "Mind forged manacles I hear. " This demonstrates his purpose of the poem, which is, to create a negative image of London and the people from that city. I believe that William Blake's is the most successful poem because his purpose is to create a pessimistic opinion of London, but whilst doing this he is using emotive language to describe true facts and not just using emotive language. Hapless soldiers sign," this extract from the poem is explaining the soldiers that were deployed in London to prevent French revolution and whilst doing this he uses emotive language to demonstrate their emotions. William Wordsworth uses certain language and imagery to express his opinions. He uses positive emotive language and personification to explain London from his perspective. William Wordsworth has a popular structure to his poem.
His poem is a sonnet and therefore, flows consistently well through the poem because it is a well known type of a poem called a sonnet and also have a rhythmic pattern: A, B, A, B. He uses personification in his poem, "The River glideth at his own sweet will. " This creates a calm atmosphere in the poem and adds to the majestic character of the city that the poet is trying to create. William Blake uses certain language and imagery to bring the problems in London to our attention. He consistently uses emotive language, "Run in blood down palace walls. " This line is extremely emotive and describes the issues occurring in the government and royalty in his day. He uses 'blood' as an emotive word to show that the government is corrupt and cannot be trusted.
He focuses on certain age groups of people and describes how problems in London can be connected with these children. He describes how prostitutes are spreading, "Youthful Harlots curse". This creates a bad image of the children and how they are becoming prostitutes at a very young age due to the lack of parental control and security throughout London. He also explains how "Chimney sweepers cry" due to the poor working conditions and therefore, will die at a young age due to lung deficiency. William Blake uses a popular rhyme scheme to convey certain points across to the audience.
He also uses an A-B rhythmic scheme to convey his points. William Wordsworth is an optimist and conveys a positive image of London through his Westminster poem and connects London to a wildlife environment. William Blake uses emotive language to create a negative image of London. He uses facts but emotively describes them to bring forth the point to the reader's attention. I prefer William Blake's poem because I reckon it tells a more accurate story of London and his poem is supported by facts throughout the poem and isn't just poetic language.