Two writers address the same problem, but approached It fervently through the different usage of imagery and tone but they also have similar attributes. Between the two poems the style is different yet slightly similar. William Blake uses iambic tetrameter added along with a melancholy and sorrowful tone to show a time period where London was going through many problems. In line 5 of, Blake introduces this sad tone which runs throughout the poem “Marks of weakness, marks of woe”.
Immediately after that he uses the repetition “In very” 3 times to emphasize the lack of moral and the evil situation these people are living in. He then uses “l hear” in order to create the dreadful scenery of peoples cries and pleas of help. In the last verse he primarily describes the youth, there he uses the lines “How the youthful harlot’s curse, blasts the new-born infant’s tear. ” Which describes the fact that even the youth, the backbone of the country has lost hope in turning this hideous situation around.
London, 1802″ by William Wordsmith, has a more free lowing rhythm to it, when compared it “London”. “London 1 802” is a Patriarchate sonnet that begins by pleading the spirit of Milton to come to help London with “her” mess. Wordsmith described London as a “fen of stagnant waters” filled with “selfish men. ” Symbolizing that London is in a horrid situation that won’t change because of its stagnant or useless government. Wordsmith describes Loon’s fall from grace as “Have forfeited their ancient English doe’ and virtue, freedom, power have been lacking ever nice its decline.
He also blatantly chastises Loon’s citizens of their lack of manners, something that England once had possessed. Both poems describe London in the eighteen hundreds as a land that was greatly affected by the The Industrial Revolution. London, lost all its values, morally, and emotionally to the greed and the opportunities present in the upper class.