Compare And Contrast William Wordsworth And We Are Seven

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Romanticism, one of the most important historical areas of all the time especially in literature. It’s known as a new set of ideas and the birth of the model world, and the reaction of the industrial revolution. Romanticism showed as early as the late eighteenth century. The main idea of this movement is that reason cannot explain everything. This movement started from France and was led by people such as Victor Hugo. There are a lot of people in this area who showed a lot of great works such as Shelly, and Keats. Since we are talking about icons of this area here where two icons showed in this area, William Blake, and William Wordsworth. Those two icons who talked about the working class their spotlight where on child labor in “We Are Seven”, …show more content…

First, let us start with the tone that is used in both poems. Both of Blake and Wordsworth used a gloomy tone in the first few lines. For example, Blake said “My mother died I was very young” and Wordsworth said, “What should a Child knows about death.” The tone is so dark and so sad that they used strong words to create a huge impact on the readers such as “died”, “death”, and “sold me”. Then Blake started to describe how much the little child who is known as Tom Dacre is being abused by shaving his head and he used to like it “ There’s little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head that curled like a lamb’s back was shaved.” What kind of people who forces a little kid to shave his hair this will lead us to recognize that it could be for his safety. In the other hand, Wordsworth describes how he liked and admired the beauty of this little kid by saying “ her beauty made me glad” but suddenly it turned that she cannot understand death like regular kids. Wordsworth wants her to make us understand the relationship between this kid and …show more content…

"How many are you, then," said I, “If they two are in heaven?" The little maid would have her will, And said, "Nay, we are seven!" Back to Blake poem, it talks about child labor and how the nineteen and eighteen centuries were kids took to work as chimney sweeps. From the title, we can understand that it is so dark and we are expected a lot of emotions and tears, especially from kids. For example, Blake said “And my father sold me while yet my tongue Could scarcely cry " 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!" So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep.” The author has repeated, “weep” three times in order to show much “Tom” is youth and his life is miserable and it will be dark. The poem was written in the first person and he wants the reader to feel what those kids are feeling

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