Compare the Ways in Which William Wordsworth Presents London in ‘Upon Westminster Bridge’ with William Blake's View of London in His Poem ‘London’

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Compare the ways in which William Wordsworth presents London in ‘Upon Westminster Bridge’ with William Blake’s view of London in his poem ‘London’

Many people see London in different perspectives, both positive and negative in both poetry and prose. William Wordsworth and William Blake are two poets which expressed their views and opinions in many contrasting ways about London through poems and prose.

The two poets discovered London and valued it in assorted ways. William Wordsworth was a tourist who went through London to get to France. He saw London’s view from the top of Westminster Bridge; this is why he named the poem ‘Upon Westminster Bridge’. Whereas William Blake experienced and saw London’s ‘secrets’ through the streets of London, and his poem was called ‘London’. Wordsworth observes nature and the beauty lying over London; however Blake observes all the negatives occurring in London deep inside. Blake might of thought negatively about London because at that time London was in the industrial revolution. The words he uses in his poem such as, ‘In every cry of every Man, In every infants cry of fear’ shows us the woe and sorrow people become because of helplessness while living in London, In contrast to this Wordsworth visualised London early in the morning over the top of Westminster Bridge, only seeing the beauty London’s wearing over itself, the words he uses to describe the things he saw is ‘ The beauty of the morning: silent, bare, ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie’.

The most interesting example of personification used in Wordsworth’s poem is ‘Dear God! The very houses seem asleep: And all that mighty heart lying still’. Wordsworth described London by using metaphors and personification, comparing it to a human. The word ‘heart’ proves that the poet imagines that London is the main part of the country. A heart is the most important part of a human body which has all the veins coming in and going out from it....
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