Poetry Essay

Topics: Poetry, Romanticism, England Pages: 3 (948 words) Published: October 31, 2011
Poetry Essay-

In this essay I will be comparing and contrasting two poems. These two poems are called Composed upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth and London by William Blake. Both poems are about London and are set in the late 1700’s / early 1800’s.

The Structure of both poems are different, William Blake’s London Poem has 4 stanzas and an ABAB rhyming pattern. He also uses a lot of negative words such as rigid, harsh, aggressive tone. When Blake wrote his poem he must have been planned. He has 4 verses so it is like he is talking about 4 parts of London, so it’s like he is talking about a journey through London. Whereas in William Wordsworth’s poem composed upon Westminster Bridge it’s more like a sonnet which is normally about love, this then tells us that the poem is positive. His poem is enjambment which basically means it allows the poem to flow for example calm and tranquil feeling, peaceful all these words make the poem positive and allow it to flow.

Blake uses a lot of negative words in his poem. ‘’Marks of weakness, marks of woe’’ This quote explains that there are marks of sadness and illness and this is a negative word. Whereas William Wordsworth uses a lot of positive words for example, ‘’The Beauty of the morning; silent, bare’’ This quote is saying that the morning is still/quiet where no one is around. This can be a positive thing as you would be able to see the city’s beauty. Blake uses alliteration to get the reader to feel his anger and hatredness. ‘’ And the hapless Soldier’s sigh’’ This explains his anger when he uses the word ‘hapless’ to express his feelings about the soldiers. Blake uses a lot of repetition in the word ‘every’ this is to explain that everyone is suffering and that there is no escape. Wordsworth use’s A lot of personification for example. ‘’This City now doth, like a garment, wear’’ here he is describing the sunlight; he does this to bring things to life for the reader. In both poems they create vivid...
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