London - Poetry Analysis Essay

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London - Poetry Analysis

In this poem, Blake is trying to dispel the myth of grandeur and glory associated with
London and to show the 'real' people of London and how they felt. London was seen and
portrayed as a powerful and wonderful city where the wealthy lived and socialised.
However, Blake knew that London was really a dirty, depressing and poverty-stricken city
filled with slums and the homeless and chronically sick. To reveal the truth, Blake
combines description of people and places with the thoughts and emotions of the people.
For example, the second stanza says:"In every cry of every Man,In every Infants cry of
fear,In every voice: in every ban,The mind forg'd manacles I hear"Blake combines the
descriptions of the crying baby and man with the observation that the people oppress their
hopes and dreams, figuratively 'chaining up their minds' because they know that they will
never be able to achieve their dreams. Another Example is in the third stanza when Blake
describes the crying chimney-sweep and then the "blackning church", but is really saying
that the church does not want to dirty its hands by helping the soot-covered [black]
chimney sweep. Therefore, a "blackning church" is one that helps the common, dirty people,
and Blake says that "every blackning church appalls", showing that the aristocracy and
those in positions of power did not want the church that they supported associating with
the common people.Throughout the poem, Blake uses fairly simple language, punctuated with
the occasional obscure word, but generally the more common words, probably to appeal to
the common people who he was supporting through this poem.In writing this poem, Blake is
trying to make the reader understand the truth about London and understand about the
'real' people, and he is also encouraging the church, and the aristocracy to help the
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