Blake's London (Experience)

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  • London (E)
    • Form
      • ABAB rhyme scheme and short sentence length gives poem steady pace, allowing the reader to dwell on subject matter.
      • Dystopian scene
    • Negative imagery
      • 'cry', 'woe', 'fear', 'blood, 'tear', 'harlot, 'hearse'
    • 'And blights with plagues the Marriage-hearse' - Blake hated constitutional marriage
      • Juxtaposition highlights that death and marriage are both ceremonial
  • Semantic field of innocence
    • London (E)
      • Form
        • ABAB rhyme scheme and short sentence length gives poem steady pace, allowing the reader to dwell on subject matter.
        • Dystopian scene
      • Negative imagery
        • 'cry', 'woe', 'fear', 'blood, 'tear', 'harlot, 'hearse'
      • 'And blights with plagues the Marriage-hearse' - Blake hated constitutional marriage
        • Juxtaposition highlights that death and marriage are both ceremonial
  • 'infants', 'youthful', 'new born'
    • Semantic field of innocence
    • A lot of verbs
      • 'flow', 'wander', 'meet', 'hear', 'cry', 'sigh'
    • Repetition of 'every' emphasises mass problems
      • use of words 'chimney sweep', 'harlot', 'plagues', 'hearse' depict confrontation nature of poem
        • Symbol of social order
          • Ballad form - 4 quatrains
            • Polemical
              • 'Blasts the new-born infants tear'
                • Single tear evokes purity, preciousness and emotion
              • Single tear evokes purity, preciousness and emotion
              • 'The mind forg'd manacles I hear:'
                • Imaginary - atmosphere makes you feel restricted. Society has collectively changed
                  • 'The mind forg'd manacles I hear:'

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