- WILLIAM BLAKE
The poem that I have selected to comment on is “LONDON’’ by William Blake. London is a poem by William Blake published in Songs of Experience in 1794. It is one of the few poems in Songs of Experience which does not have a corresponding poem in Songs of Innocence.. This work is dedicated to the analysis of the poem and the importance of the poem in Blake’s life. PERSONAL ANALYSIS OF THE POEM:
In the poem, William Blake is specifically describing a very corrupted society dominated by the power of materialism and the contrast between upper and working-class sections of society. It is written from a very negative perspective portraying the sufferings of common man and the consequences of corruption by those in power. For this reason, Blake wants people to be aware of the misery surrounding them. No wonderful streets, no pleasant people. A world with a very depressing atmosphere, where everything is poverty stricken and the evil prevails in the society and all these ideas are represented in one place: London. The poem is divided in four quatrains in iambic tetrameter, with a basic rhyme scheme starting a/b/a/b.In the first quatrain, the author is talking about how he is walking through every transitory street. The adjective “chartered” seems to connote the importance of money to live everyday in this ephemeral world, where everything is focused around money, richness and its value to reach anything. But, in despite of the role of money has in the world and happiness because of its value, many people are dominated by sorrow and sadness. The verses “In every cry of every man” and “in every infant’s cry of fear” are examples of this fact. People are not happy. They are living in fear all the time, inside the dark of a society influenced by materialism. Human beings are loosing the real sense of life.
The materialism of words is reflected...