London, By William Blake Essay

817 Words Oct 16th, 2015 4 Pages
In most poems, imagery often supports the theme and the tone of the poem. The poem “London” by William Blake is a good example. This poem, consisting of sixteen lines, mainly recounts the observations made by the poet in London. These observations made either through hearing or seeing tells of the human suffering in London and conditions of London. Normally, London is often perceived as a great city as it is the capital city of England (just as how people perceive New York as a great place to live), but the poet inform the readers that London is not what it is portrayed to be. In every stanza, the poet explains a particular subject through descriptions that supports the theme. In the first stanza, William Blake begins his poem with the narrator making observations as he wanders through the streets in London (line 1). He begins by providing a scenery of the Thames River, which is an icon in London. The word “chartered”, defined as “a grant or guarantee of rights, franchises, or privileges from the sovereign power of a state or country,” is repeated in the first stanza to emphasize its meaning (“Charter”, Merriam-Webster). The use of this word implies that all of the streets and things in London were owned by people (Line 1). An emotional implication of the word “chartered” is unhappiness and grieve among the people of London. This is evident in lines three and four where the narrator says, “. . . mark in every face I meet [were] marks of witness [and] marks of woe.” This…

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