Analysis Of William Blake 's London

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Poetry of witness lives between the space of personal and political, which is referred to as “the social” which is when the poem is legitimized by the poets personal experience yet it also provides a commentary about social political issues. This makes the poem essentially the only account of the event that is happening. William Blake’s “London” from his collection of poems Songs of Experience uses poetry of witness to castigate London as a place of happiness by exposing the oppression of the common people by a dominating government and elite class. Blake notices the inequalities of London and he describes the people he sees as sad, suffering, and stagnated by their environment. Blake uses strong imagery, repetition, and metaphor to present the archetype of the individual in juxtaposition to institution which seems to be the source of londoner’s oppression. Blake writes about what he saw and how he saw it within this poem. He presents a negative view of the city of London. The poem is divided into four quatrains, in iambic tetrameter, and ABAB rhyme scheme. Repetition and the senses of sight and hearing become important to understanding the language and form of the poem. Repetition enters the poem at the beginning lines of the first quatrain: “I wander thro’ each charter’d street/Near where the charter’d Thames does flow” (1-2). Charters are written out contracts that give rights or authority. The use of “charter’d” referring to both the streets and the main river of
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