The poem “London” written by William Blake is very interesting but at the same time is also very dark and depressing. It tells a short story of someone (possibly Blake) walking through London in the late 1700’s and everything he sees and makes note of. The poem is basically just a compilation of observations taken by the speaker, but has a political statement within it also. Due to the dark nature of the poem, it seems that Blake is trying to show the people of London that what goes on there is unjust and something needs to change. Blake feels that the people of London are oppressed not only physically but mentally as well and is trying to show them that they are, if they don’t already know. He isn’t blaming anything in particular at first. Then Blake mentions the church and the palace but seems to be mostly blaming the general public themselves for conforming to these rules and not rising up against what is holding them down and making their daily lives miserable. The poem starts with the speaker talking about the overall feeling or vibe he is getting walking down the street in London. In the first two lines Blake repeats the word charter’d (1-2). Blake does this to stress the reality and severity of London’s position. He’s saying that not only are the streets being regulated but the Thames river is also regulated and he doesn’t seem very happy about it. Blake puts this repetition in the first two lines to set the mood and tone of the poem. Blake is very unhappy or even disgusted with what London has become and he makes it quite obvious with this opening. He then goes on to say that everyone else he sees is also unhappy and even calls them weak (3-4). That shows that he is not the only one but also seems as if he is wondering why nobody is doing anything about it. Clearly if he can see what is happening and he knows everybody around him is experiencing the same thing than why has nobody acted? He is calling out for people to act in an attempt to change London’s corrupt and unjust society. He wants the people to stand together instead of just dealing with it. Blake again uses repetition in lines three and four to show that people have been dealing with this for too long. Blake then starts talking about what the people of London are actually talking about. He uses the words “In every” in repetition in lines five through seven to show that he is talking about everybody in London without any exceptions. “In every cry of every man,” is how he starts talking about what he hears being said in the streets of London (5). This means that every man in London is crying out and doesn’t have something good to say. The next line is similar but Blake says “Infant’s cry of fear” (6). His choice of the word fear is what makes this line interesting. Infants are always crying but Blake decides that it is because of fear. If every infant is crying of fear then London’s policies at the time must have been that horrible. He then sums up everybody’s crying when Blake says “The mind-forg’d manacles I hear” (8). What he means by mind-forg’d manacles are things that people don’t talk about in fear of being made an example of. People limited or filtered what they said because they were afraid of the consequences of speaking out against their government. That line makes a lot more sense of the previous three by stating that the people are crying about the way things are but at the same time, they limit how they…
1. “Survival of the fittest” means that the strongest, most favorable species for the environment will survive and thrive best. The phrase comes from Herbert Spencer, contrary to popular belief.
2. Socialism is public ownership of the means of production; London was attracted to this idea because in theory, it means that everyone’s wealth would be used to benefit everybody, no one would be left at the bottom of the “social pit.”
3. Social Darwinism is basically the idea that…
September 17, 2014
Heat on a Train
Personally I have always had this fear of seeming needy or maybe even desperate for attention. Everyone has this instinct or personal preference to keep their emotions to themselves. To me it is almost like I feel like I am getting in the way of other people or even bothering them. We are always told is better to get everything out and just let…
have selected to write my paper on John Betjeman’s poem “A Subaltern’s Love Song.” This poem is a witty approach at explaining passionate feelings from the poet’s point of view, who is also the speaker. It is a satire and imaginative written work, which I will go into detail further in the paper. I will explain the analytical style on this poem, assess the meaning of the poem and discuss how this poem captured my interest.
The poem is a satire, for the reason that he wrote it about a…
The Analytical Essay Introduction
The purpose of your essay's introduction is to hive a brief explanation of your
topic and to give your paper direction that will be developed in the body.
• Include key information about the work (name, author,
publication and so on) in the first sentences.
• Lead logically into your reaction to the work ending in a claim or
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Sula Analytical Essay
Everywhere in the world setting plays a huge part in a person’s behavior, view on things and perspective on life. Daily things that go around anyone’s neighborhood affects them every day even if they don’t notice it whether it’s immediate or long term. In the book Sula setting affects the way that two characters (Jude and Sula) in the book react to other characters in the book as well as how they survive and get by the struggles…
There were many changes in England many of which are because of changes among each (social, economic, and political) effecting each other and simply a lack of understanding allowed these changes to appear. All three affect each other and lead and allow each other to form, a sort of A causes B while B causes C which fuels B and A which causes A to make C more important; simplified and cause and effect/interdependence among each other that sometimes creates a cycle of changes in…
When writing an analytical paper – especially a piece of literary analysis – do your best to make the movement from your prose to the prose being studied and back to your prose as smooth and natural and non-jarring as possible. In order to do so:
* Don’t start a paragraph with a passage.
* Don’t allow a passage to exist as its own sentence.
* Don’t cite a passage without commenting on it in some way.
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Critical Account of ‘London’
‘London’, written in 1794, is a poem from William Blake’s collection in Songs of Innocence and Experience: Showing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul. Written during the French Revolution, Blake wrote ‘London’ in order to illustrate his views on the revolution by changing imagination into a political force.1 The poem concentrates on the persona of the poem walking through London and seeing all of the bad things about the city at that time; such as the disease…