both the good and the bad aspects of this magnificent city. His life also ended in London. Wordsworth 女儿月薪近万啃老 为哄母开心扮妹妹

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Arts-and-Entertainment The capital of England was powerful and wealthy when these poets wrote in completely contrasting manners. Not only this, but Britain’s strength was so great that it was able to colonise many countries. We can see differences in the environment in which they lived and worked. Blake was of a lower class, and was a printer to earn his living; he resided in London and this meant that he saw all of London; both the good and the bad aspects of this magnificent city. His life also ended in London. Wordsworth, on the other hand, lived a much wealthier life, able to freely travel, and he visited London as a tourist which meant that he saw the touristic side of London; the beautiful aspects. Also this meant that publishing his poems were much simpler due to his wealth. Both writers are considered Romantics due to the time period in which they were written; at a time when Romantics were very popular. Even though they are both Romantics they take different approaches towards it; Blake chooses to write showing the sorrow and pain that is in London, whereas Wordsworth chooses to create the imagery of the city, portraying it as a beautiful woman. The structure of the two poems is very different; this is because the two poems have a different use. Blake’s poem is written in the form of quatrains which is a very simple form of poem (like a nursery rhyme). Because the form of this poem is very simple, it allows William Blake to convey his message on how bad the city of London is to all the different types of people living there, including the very poor and uneducated. Blake wants as many people as possible to comprehend this poem, and this is why such a simple structure has been used. Wordsworth, on the other hand, chooses to make his poem more complicated by using an irregular sonnet form which is more complicated than Blake’s poem. This is because he wrote his poem not to describe how bad London was, but as a love poem to London. Wordsworth does not want this poem to be accessible to all; by making the poem’s structure more complicated, he is creating exclusivity and this gives the impression that only the upper classes are capable of having such love for London. There are many significant differences between the two poets. The language and imagery are done very differently. An example of this contrast between Blake and Wordsworth is the colours and atmosphere portrayed by each poet. Blake’s comments on the dark coloured churches give an impression that it is a sinister place. This clearly shows the contempt that Blake has for the condition of the church. There is often a ‘play on the words’; the ‘blackening’ of the church could signify the increasing corruption of the church, or it could be literal, as the smog from the industrial revolution would, quite literally, blacken the church. Wordsworth writes about ‘a sight so touching in its majesty’, which shows the love he has for this great city; a stark contrast to the way Blake feels about it. Wordsworth views the whole city in a different light. This may be due to him having only seen the touristic parts of London as Wordsworth talks about ‘Earth has not anything to show more fair’ which is without doubt a positive view on London. He mentions ‘a smokeless sky’ which shows another contrast which could be because he had managed to go into London before the factories had opened and so saw the sunrise before London awoke and blotted out the sky with its large industrial factory chimneys. Wordsworth goes onto personify the river ‘glideth at his own …this could be interpreted that the London is overflowing with energy. He not only personifies the river but the whole of London by giving it the ability to wear a garment. We can see other differences in the timing of their poetry. As Blake choose to set his at midnight; ‘through midnight streets’ which adds to his depressing air of London. This is pathetic fallacy and this emphasises the despairing atmosphere much more obviously than if it was set at midday. Wordsworth on the other hand has chose to set his at a much more romantic time; ‘the beauty of the morning ‘which makes the reader feel peaceful as it is a natural, tranquil beauty that the city of London has been referred to. This air of peace and harmony follows throughout the whole of his poem as he goes on to mention ‘silent, bare, calm so deep, houses seem asleep, mighty heart lying still’. All this is used within Wordsworth’s poem to create the necessary sensation that he wished to give the reader about London. Another thing which is a relevant contrast is Wordsworth’s lack of people in his city as he mentions only the natural beauties as though the city was sleeping. Which is very different to the pain and suffering of thousands which Blake tries to make relevant by repeating significant words to increase their importance and make it seem as though there were many more with use of repetition. Examples of this are ‘every’ which is repeated five times in one paragraph. I feel that both sides have good opinions but due to Wordsworth being a man of little London experience. Although his poem may be a thing of beauty his opinion on London is much more limited than that of Blake who has lived there all his life who has seen both the best and worst of London and there for truly knows what lays at the heart of London. Both poets work has relevance to today however as car pollution now causes the large pollution as mentioned by Blake however this means that Blake may change the line to make it more relevant to vehicles. Unfortunately for Wordsworth over the past two centuries London has expanded which means from the heart of it you cannot see any valleys or hills which would mean this line would become irrelevant with no connection to the landscape of London. About the Author: 相关的主题文章:

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