What are the important similarities between Blake's "London" and Wordsworth's "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802"? Compare these two poems. What are the major questions and themes?
William Blake's "London" and Wordsworth's "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802" are both about London. Blake's poem is four stanzas of four lines each and Wordsworth's is in sonnet form.
In Wordsworth's poem, he favorably describes London as it appears early in the morning. He begins quite dramatically, saying that there is no sight "so fair" than this image of London in the morning:
The City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto fields, and to the sky;
The city wears the morning's beauty like a garment in the morning, before people are awake, before the noise and erratic movement of city life. It is also before the factories and furnaces are churning out smoke into the sky. The speaker notes that the sun shines more beautifully on the buildings than it ever has on valleys, rocks, or hills. This is ironic because much of Wordsworth's poetry is about the beauty of nature and its...
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