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Blakes London In London William Blake portrays a very dark and abysmal picture of London Throughout the whole poem Blake never mentions a positive scene The poem seems to deal with the lower class part of society the part which lives in the poor neighborhoods The first stanza begins with the speaker wandering around London Throughout the poem Blake repeats a word which he used in one line in the next line An example of this can be seen in the first two lines He uses the word chartered in the first line without any deep meaning to it but the use of the word charted in the next line shows that the Thames was set up so that somehow people control where it flows In the next few lines the speaker talks about all the negative emotions which he sees in the people on the street In every cry of every man In every infants cry of fear In every voice In every ban The mind-forged manacles I hear In the final line of the first stanza the speaker says that he hears the mind-forged manacles The mind-forged manacles are not real By this I mean that they are created in the mind of those people whom the speaker sees on the streets Those hopeless and depressing thoughts in turn imprison the people whom the speaker sees on the street When the speaker says that he can hear the mind-forged manacles he doesnt mean that he can literally hear the mind forged manacles but that he can hear the cries of the people which show their mind-forged manacles In the second stanza the speaker focuses on two specific occupations the chimney sweeper and the soldier The word blackening in the second line of the 3rd stanza is used in an interesting context Why would a church be blackening Blackening can mean getting dirty but I dont think that the speaker is using the
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