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Optimism and Pessimism in London Literature Two intelligent people can see the same thing yet perceive it differently based upon their attitudes Many look at the ugliness of London and reveal in it while others compare it to beauty as a counterpoint London in the eighteen hundreds was not a pleasant setting and authors treat it differently through imagery tone and diction in London 1802 by William Wordsworth and William Blakes London Authors use imagery to depict certain aspects and characteristics of a certain time period and use the language to appeal to the senses While Wordsworth recognizes the ugliness of London he applies his imagery to beauty purity the past the pristine world of Milton Blakes imagery focuses on ugliness filth and disease of the people due to the poverty level Wordsworth longs to escape the distress of the year in London and return to its previous state He describes the need of John Milton a previously famous poet in London to assist in overcoming its current ugliness Wordsworth considers the positive solutions to the ugliness contrasting Blakes non-solution griping to the ugliness currently beleaguering London Blake sees the truth to his surroundings and emphasizes it to capacity The infants cry of fear ln 6 depicts the poverty and despair of the commoner and places it in the eyes of everyday people Imagery is not the only tool that these two authors use to display their point of view tone is another major device Wordsworth isolates the coherent solutions in London 1802 and allows the reader to optimistically see into the eyes of the setting through tone Imaginatively speaking to Milton Wordsworth describes the current life to life in the past London needs manners virtue freedom and power 8 for every man His tone calmly discusses the need to fix the current problems but thinks reflection on the past is the way to do so Blake on the other hand stresses the agony
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