Essay on Comparison of poems.

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Comparison of poems.

In this introduction I am intending to compare and contrast two poems.
The poems I am contrasting are called ‘London’ and ‘Composed Upon
Westminster’. These two poems are written in the 19th century. The writers had the same ideas about the two poems. The poems are both about London. The writers both give a different view of London. The
London poem is written by William Blake in 1757-1827. The Westminster poem written by William Wordsworth in 1770 – 1850

Blake’s representation of London is bleak. The title London is short and gets straight to the point. The first verse is a description of the city, streets, rivers and the people in the city. The first line creates a feeling like London is being owned. It
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The first meaning is that the city is polluted by the people. ‘Chimney sweepers cry’. The second meaning is that the city is black because it is sinful. When he talks about thus is he suggests the country is built on war.

The forth is about the future. He is suggesting that the future will be damned. The quote is ‘how the youthful harlots curse’. He is saying she is only young. A teenager. He also says ‘blasts the new born infants tear’ this means that the baby is crying because it knows the future will be corrupt for him. The imagery Blake produces is very grim. He is suggesting that London is doomed.

This poem is describing London like hell. The rhyming scheme for this poem is a,b,a,b,a,b. this is called alternative rhyming couplets. This poem is a view of a corrupted city. The poem is set in an urban London.
It uses7-8 syllables per line. The structure for this poem is simple and direct just like the description of the city.

The second poem written by Wordsworth is completely different to
Blake’s point of view. London is described in this poem like a good place. This poem is one long verse. Wordsworth describes it as the best place on earth. He describes it as ‘bright and glittery’
‘smokeless air’. He describes it like a garment. ‘The city is doth like a garment beauty of the morning’. He is saying London is a jewel.
He describes it as beautiful. He says that when the sun rises it shines down on the roof like a glittery

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