What is the tone of the poem "London"?

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The tone of a poem is the emotion it communicates. The tone of Blake's poem is one of bleak and hopeless sadness at the distress he sees everywhere in London.

Blake conveys this sadness at the state of London through word choice. In stanza one, words such as the "weakness" and "woe" seen in "every" face tells us that London is drenched in sadness.

In stanza two, the repetition of the word "cry" applied to "every" adult and every "infant" (young child) accentuates the feeling of sadness. Nobody in the city is happy. "Mind-forged manacles" (handcuffs) imprison everyone. These are...

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