London - William Blake

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  • London
    • William Blake
      • 1794
    • Structure & Form
      • Uses quatrains and iambic tetrameter
      • Highly ordered and regular use of four more elements
      • Uses a lot of repetition in the form of ABAB
    • Context
      • William Blake
        • a Romantic Poet
        • Lived and worked in London during the Victorian Era
        • Inspired by the French Revolution
        • Doesn't like the industrial revolution and the gap between the rich and poor
      • Industrial Revolution in London
        • Made London the biggest city in the world in 1795
        • Saw a time of great poverty and industrial change in London
    • Beginning
      • 'each charter’d street'
        • Mapped out and planned forming the idea that the streets are controlled and regulated by higher authorities
      • 'Marks of weakness, marks of woe.'
        • 'Marks' has a connection of permanence  and scaring suggesting that these conditions are here to stay
        • Shows that the poor are weakened from the powerful rich that are exploiting them
    • Middle
      • ' mind-forg’d manacles'
        • Creates the image of mental control with the noun 'manacles' meaning chains
        • Implies that the people are trapped emotionally in society and in their social class
      • 'Runs in blood down Palace walls'
        • Implies that the soldiers are dying in pointless wars with Blake blaming this on the monarchy
    • End
      • 'the youthful Harlots curse'
        • Observes how young girls/women have to go and try to make money in London
        • 'Harolts' are prostitutes
      • 'Marriage hearse'
        • a hearse is a funeral carriage.  Blake ends with this oxymoron to create an ominous tone
        • Blake seems to be implying that there is no happy end for the poor people as they are born into a lower social class - resulting in pain and death


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