Comparison and contrast between Blake and Wordsworth's views on London with poems "London" and "London, 1802" respectively.
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Poetry was an outsider to the cold, efficient, emotionless environment of the Industrial Revolution. Romantics of all arts criticized the changing ways of life and idealized the pre-industrial revolution era. London was the haven to this revolution, and the hell to all poetry. William Wordsworth and William Blake both denounced London's new environment with their poems "London, 1802" and "London" respectively. Both authors were against this transformation of the city because it destroyed all beauty and happiness, both of which they were very fond of. But, their writings went about different ways of showing their feelings of dissent towards the mechanical lifestyle of London. In both poems, Blake and Wordsworth shared the idea that London…show more content… He perceived this London as a pure uncorrupted land. This is the complete opposite of the modern London he lived in now where people were miserable and did not revere the teachings of purity or God. Blake's poem contrasts greatly with the more upbeat mood of Wordsworth. Blake's point of view in his poem is the sorrow encountered in modern day London which is the polar opposite of that of Wordsworth. Blake looks towards the present situation of grief, and his poems reflect that sentiment. The despair grows apparent when he talks of the loss of innocence in London. He speaks of the "Youthful Harlot's curse"(l 14) corrupting the "new born Infant's tear"(l 15). The feeling he depicts is one of depression. It shows how there is no happiness in London and the future is being destroyed. He describes the toll of the slum like on humanity, which is neither happy nor gives any hope for the future. The poem is much darker and it is apparent when compared to the more free-spirited poem of William Wordsworth.
Another enormous difference that distinguishes the authors is their different ways to grasp the reader's attention and emotion. Both Blake and Wordsworth use heavy imagery, but they describe this imagery using different senses. Blake's poem fills the readers ears with the cries of many, while Wordsworth paints a picture using visual