- Created by: charbxoxo
- Created on: 16-09-18 17:50
Line 1 & 2
"I wander through each chartered street,
Near where the chartered Thames does flow"
- 'wander' seems purposeless could reflect how he feels powerless to change whats happening
- 'chartered' reflects how the government is in control, suggests everything is being controlled (even the Thames - man has tried to control nature)
Line 3 & 4
" And mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe"
- The last line has a waek rhythm perhaps reflecting how the people are weak against the government
- Reptition of 'mark' suggests everyone is marked/ affected and emphasises the desperation hovering over London
Lines 5,6 & 7
In every ....
In every .... "
- The repition of emphasises the feeling of bleakness, despair affects everyone and theirs no relief from it
- Anaphora used to show how suffering is never ending, also used to draw attention to the second half of the sentence (the parts that are changing)
"infants cry of fear"
- Blake uses senses to make it seem more vivid, like the readers there
- Uses synesthesia to also make the image stronger
- Also refers to children and innocence suggesting even they are affected, is also emotive language making the reader feel for the corrputed innocence
- The people are also trapped in their thoughts and attitudes
- The people are trapping themselves, by not creating change for themselves, just doing what theyre told (Blake was a radicalist who wanted change)
"How the chimney-sweepers cry"
- Emotive language of child labour, chimney sweepers were usally young boys
- Perhaps blames the industral revoltion, the people putting the boys in these dangerous jobs?
"Every black'ning church appalls"
- Blames the church, 'blackning' could suggest that the church is corrupt
- THe corrupt church could also be making the people 'un-pure', they go to church for their sould to be cleansed but the church could really be blackning their souls
- Could reference to religion repressing the people
- 'blackning' is a present participal suggesting that its still happening and has been going on for long time
- also could refer to soot, the church is making the rest of the city dirty with soot
"And the hapless soliders sigh"
- The army is also being controlled
- 'hapless' , shows their helpless and have to do what they are told by the people who are causing the suffering
"Runs in blood down palace walls"
- Whilst ordinary people suffer, the ones behind the palace walls are protected and are also to blame for the suffering
- Referencing the French Revolution, Blake wants the people to overthrow the monarchy, but the people are stuck in their 'mind-forged manacles'
LIne 13 and 14
"How the youthful harlots curse,
blasts the new-born infants tear"
- Contrasts the innocence of youth with prositutes, to show the distruction of the city and hwo everything (including new-borns) have been destroyed
"And blights with plagues the marriage hearse"
- Oxymoron links the happy image of marriage to death suggesting everything happy has been destroyed
- 'Plauges' hints at something uncontrollable and destined to affect lots of people