How Blake And Wordsworth Respond To Nature in Their Poetry This essay will examine how Blake and Wordsworth respond to nature and other influences in their poetry. The poems that shall be analysed are A Poison Tree, Holy Thursday, London, Daffodils, Composed Upon Westminster Bridge and The World Is Too Much With Us. Each poem will be analysed individually then compared to other poems.
William Blake and William Wordsworth are both Romantic poets. The Romantic era was a dramatic change in literature. Before the Romantic era there were the Augustans. The Augustans wrote about the aristocrats. The Romantic poets chose to write about
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"All bright and glittering in the smokeless air". By the use of 'glittering' it gives the effect that London is a famous and astonishing city. 'Smokeless air' implies that London is a very pure city that had not been infected by the smoke and pollution that so many other cities contaminated by. The sonnet is written mainly in the third person in the present tense. It is fourteen lines long and all of the lines share the same slightly irregular iambic pentameter. This creates a slow grand effect suitable for Wordsworths engagement. In this sonnet Wordsworth uses an array of imagery to convey the picturesque image of the city. The opening line, "Earth has not anything to show more fair" is effective as it makes it sound as if the view is the finest thing in the world, this is emphasised by the use of the negative "not" which emphasises the great power of the planet. On the fourth line, the subject of the poem is revealed and by using both personification and a simile. The City is personified and given the ability to wear "the beauty of the morning; silent, bare." This is compared this to the human ability to wear a garment., with a reference to "majesty" in the previous line, which suggests royal garments, and the worshipping of the city, like royalty was then worshipped. Another stylistic device that Wordsworth uses in this poem is the use of lists. The