London - poetry

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Who wrote London?
William Blake
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How did Blakes upbringing in society affect his views?
Blake grew up in a time of huge and rapid change both politically and socially
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What were blakes opinions on society?
He saw that men and women were becoming less free and more oppressed by economic forces
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What was blake known for in terms of his poem style?
He was one of the first 'romantic poets' known for his work on the imagination and passion rather than the mind and intellect.He was well known for his eccentric ideas being a free thinker and pointing out what was wrong with the world
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What 3 things angered him?
the church and established religion as he saw it as cold,restricting and dull.Formal educaton as it was boring for the imagination. Class divide as he believed the rich didnt care for the poor and were unaware of them being exploited
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What was blakes poetic style like?
uses political views and opinions on society.Uses simple language so its accessible for a wider reading audience.Juxtaposes an inncoent view of the world with a a view of corruption and explotation.
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"I wander through every chartered street,Near where the chartered Thames does flow"
repetiton of the adjective 'chartered' - shows ownership instantly and the poem has only just started
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"and mark in every face i meet"
"face" - lack of identity
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"marks of weakness ,marks of woe"
suffering is so constant that it makes a 'mark' on someone.London is being ripped apart by poverty
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"In every cry of every man,In every infants cry of fear,In every voice ,in every ban"
Anaphora - juxtaposition of man and infants - shows how everyone is suffering and its never ending
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"how the youthful harlots curse"
juxtaposition - youthful - happiness and enjoyment - harlot- no dignity,no worth n enjoyment. Shows wghat the poor have to turn to
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"And blights with plagues the marriage hearse"
juxtaposition - marriage is happy and a sign of the beginning however hearse is the end and a union of life and death. SHows how no good comesto the poor
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What does blake combine throughout this poem?
He combines images of love and death.We see an image of what your social class impacts throughout your life.Poor always working and rich not understanding the poors needs
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