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London

William Blake

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What is the context of the poem? • Blake rejected the complicity of the church to interfere with the social tensions of Victorian London. • Explores the themes of inhumanity, misanthropy and oppression towards ordinary people. • Inspired by the French revolution.
What is so important about the word "charter'd" PART 1 • The double meaning almost instantly conjures up the message of the whole poem. • It can express the political control that ordinary people endured whilst living in a city with so many social tensions. • Even the Thames is charter'd (owned).
PART 2 • It can also describe the overflowing, dirty, soulless London that Blake describes in the poem.
What is the structure and form of the poem? • Regular abab rhyme scheme, quite strict, reflects the style of the average Victorian poet, but also can reinforce the concept of political control over London because everything is very structured and straight.
Explain how Blake uses language to create effect. • "The mind forg'd manacles" describe the political control and oppression of ordinary people's minds that Blake detested. • "Marriage hearse" symbolises Blake's prediction for a dark future for the people of London.
Explain the effects of the tone on the reader. • Very helpless language ("thro' the midnight streets I hear") describes Blake's journey through London seeing the "youthful Harlot" for example represents how the people of London had no power to fight against the oppression they were facing.
Created by: GuyBrazier