London - language

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    • "the mind-forged manacled I hear"
      • The metaphor for control "the mind-forged manacled I hear" shows that the mind of the people are not free. it also shows how the people are emotionally trapped by the feeling of depression.
        • Alliteration of the 'm' consonant - restriction of air when pronouncing syllable : representation of the lack of ability to express opinions or create change : feelings of totalitarian government that does not allow freedom of mind:mind is restricted
    • "in every"
      • The anaphora(the repetition of a word at the beginning of a sentence), of "in every" stresses the multitude of those affected. this emphasises the feelings of bleakness in everyone as there is no relief from suffering.
        • Highlights the universal effect of oppression
        • shows the scale of suffering
      • no-one is free
    • "runs in blood down the palace wall"
      • shows how the people are working towards the monarchy. it shows that the monarchy is corrupt.
      • through this description Blake presents the "palace" as murderous and complicit in the spilling of innocent blood.
      • the palace of symbol of royal power and superiority as Blake clearly places the blame for the soldiers distress and the hapless circumstances on the authorities.
    • "soldiers sigh"
      • The sibilance "soldiers sigh" makes it more sinister.
      • sibilance could show how hopeless they are
    • "mark"
      • The repetition of "mark" emphasises how despair is in everyone and there is no relief from it.  shows everyone is marked/ affected and emphasises the desperation hovering over London
        • The repetition of "marks" in: "marks of weakness, marks of woe" marks-(noun) represents how government has control and power over every thing - government marks every thing - labels society as though they are a product/ ownership from gov - all people are property of gov: left misery on all
    • "every black'ning church appals"
      • 'blackning' is a present participle suggesting that its still happening and has been going on for long time
      • The juxtaposition "every black'ning church appals" shows that they are not listening to church teachings.
      • Also could refer to soot, the church is making the rest of the city dirty with soot
      • Blames the church, 'blackning' could suggest that the church is corrupt
      • institution of religion
        • the church is not fulfilling its responsibility. the church is corrupt
      • the church is depicted as "blackening" a metaphor for its corruption and its lack of Christian values as Blake exposes the church as sinful
    • "blasts the new-born infant's tear, and blights with plagues the Marriage hearse."
      • the oxymoron creates imagery of marriage and death which shows that every moment of happiness gets destroyed in this society
      • Blake is suggesting that society has destroyed all the good things in life
      • the innocence of new-born babies is lost immediately- society damages its members
      • oxymoronic minor sentence links the happy image of marriage with death
        • reveals the absence of innocence as there is no sense/ hope that anyone can do to improve the situation
          • the oxymoron links the happy celebration of love and the beginning of a new life combined with the word  "hearse" which we associate with death and decay which the future brings implying destruction
      • the powerful language of "blights" and "plagues" implies destruction hinting that something is uncontrollable that is destined to affect lots of people-illness
    • "near where the chartered Thames does flow"
      • the Thames is depicted as "chartered" to reveal that the Thames is controlled for trade purposes and therefore used the Thames to increase its wealth
      • "chartered" connotes absence over human interference over what should be free and unfettered revealing the destructive and the corrupt nature of the authorities
    • repetition of "cry"
      • through the repetition of the verb "cry" Blake exposes the desolation and suffering caused by poverty and a lack of working conditions as Blake intends to tell how the tyrannical disrespected the conflict between the survival and death of the cries of the people


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