The Use of Powerful Imagery

The Use of Powerful Imagery

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  • Date Submitted: 03/14/2010 1:04 PM
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Blake and Wordsworth both use powerful imagery to present their views on London, however the imagery the poets uses creates two very different pictures. Blake’s uses a lot of negative imagery to portray once more his anger towards the government and Monarchy, and further describe the depression, and inequality of London. Whereas Wordsworth uses positive imagery to show further his sentimental views of London, It is almost as if he is celebrating the beauty of London, compared to the rest of the world.

Blake uses alliteration to give us an impression of the misery around London. In the line, “Marks of weakness, marks of woe”, Blake uses “w” alliteration to show to us, the heaviness of the misery that is hung over London. The weight of the misery released in this quote, gives us a further impression that most people he meets in London are miserable. When the quote states “Marks”, it show to us that the marks are there, and obvious for all to see.

Blake also uses oxymoron’s to for fill the negativity of the imagery. In the last line of the poem, he uses the oxymoron “Marriage-hearse”. “Marriage” gives us the first impression of being happy, having a fresh new beginning. However hearse gives us the impression, of sadness, and the end. In this oxymoron, the word “hearse” dominates over the word “marriage”, giving us a very strong impression that the negative things in the city, doom over the positive things, furthermore, its stating that all the good is destroyed, meaning London is doomed.

The structure of the poems is very different, Wordsworth writes his “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge” as a sonnet because it’s almost as if he is writing about London as a women that he loves and he is describing her beauty and excellence. Wordsworth writes it as a sonnet to make people realise how much he loves London and how it is a great passion of his. He also uses iambic pentameter in his sonnet which adds to the romantic effect. Wordsworth includes caesura in his...

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