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As seen in the two poems Wordsworth and Blake both had a very different outlook on the city of London As these two poets are from the Romantic Movement there isnt much difference in the time in which they were written so the variation in opinion could have arisen from personal outlooks and experiences Along with Samuel Taylor Coleridge William Wordworth was one of the Lake District poets He loved nature and his inspiration for the poems he wrote came from the beautiful surroundings he often saw Composed upon Westminster Bridge September 3 1802 is a prime example of the way in which nature captured his heart He looks upon London as a place of splendour and is in awe of the vision of beauty he sees before him The fact that he uses the words Dear God shows that he is taken aback by what he observes William Blake however took a different perspective when describing London and it is from him that we learn of the underside to the visions of Wordworths amazement The contrast between these two poems is one that has the potential to link them together in Blakes book of innocence and experience We hear of two different perceptions and it does seem as though one is the more innocent untouched side of the city with the other being the heart of the commotion of a big city such as this London was written in 1789 which was during the French Revolution as well as the British Industrial Revolution I think Blakes poem is a way of showing how the rapidly industrialising economy and society has corrupted all those who live in it It reflects change as being a bad thing and is a social protest against the suffering in his world The mind-forgd manacles I hear line 8 This shows the despair of the people that inhabit this place they are imprisoned in their own minds by
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