Comparison of William Blake's London and Wordsworth's Composed Upon Westminster Bridge

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During the late 18thcentury and early 19thcentury when William Blake was living in London, he showed that London was indeed a terrible place to live and the living standard was devastating and he expressed his personal passionate anger towards the underlying problems in the society despite the fact that London was a cosmopolitan city at the time and certainly the one of the busiest commercial centres in the world. His poem had great meaning and targeted those who were in the higher class who knew how to read. He showed how different people in London were linked together within one depressing society. Nevertheless in, “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge” by William Wordsworth, he presented the other side of the arguments. First it was a …show more content…
Landlords, priest, member of the royal family) and the working class of Londoners. If there were to be trading activities along River Thames, its citizen should be fairly rich as they benefited from it. The Ruling class often became wealthier via heavy taxation thus draining the working class, this transfer all the wealth from majority to minority. Hence the living standard would never be improved.
“MARKS OF WEAKNESS, MARKS OF WOE” LINE 4 “IN EVERY CRY OF EVERY MAN,
IN EVERY INFANT’S CRY OF FEAR,
IN EVERY VOICE, IN EVERY BAN,
THE MIND-FORGED MANACLES I HEAR.” LINE 5-8
Blake further emphasized the hardship of the Londoners at that time, the word “mark” were used repeatedly to show how they were stressed by the visible things around them and they all had an awful working experience in London. Secondly Blake stressed the rhythm of the poem and it sounded like the noise made by heavy machineries and metaphorically it pictured a society of people mentally chained to the work place. Furthermore a sense of revolution was created here because people were branded with “weakness” and “woe”. “AND IN THE HAPLESS SOLDIER’S SIGH
RUNS IN BLOOD DOWN PALACE WALL” LINE 11-12
Link to that, the French Revolution was occurring at the same century along with the American War of Independence. This placed an influence on ordinary factory workers that the French