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London ­ William Blake



About:

The appalling conditions for the working class in London
The widespread nature of their suffering
Criticism of church and government



Historical/Social Context:

Critical of ownership laws i.e. "chartered Thames"
Every aspect in life is privately owned
Blake alludes to the revolution in London, arguably suggesting…

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Personal Response:

I find the phrase "marriage hearse" very effective as Blake juxtaposes the concept of joy and
happiness with death, the ultimate suffering that every person must endure.
By contrasting "marriage" with "hearse", he highlights the unhappiness in London and makes
me feel scared of the possible outcome of…

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