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Poetry - London
Terms in this set (8)
A man wandering around London disappointed with what he sees: corruption, greed, prostitution, sadness, death of marriage
What is London about?
A fight against industrial revolution. It's a Romantic poem, focusing on the absence of nature. Blake wanted change., like the French revolution
What is the context for the poem?
'As I wander through each chartered street'.
Tone = disappointment, sense of uncertainty.
What is the 1st line and what tone is created by it?
'Mind forged manacles'.
Repetition of 'every' ,
'Marks of woe',
'marriage hearse' etc
What are at least 3 images in the poem?
4 equal stanzas and consistent abab rhyme scheme - suggests order and sense of prestige of famous city, but it is ironic because there is nothing but chaos in London.
What is the structure of London and what is its metaphorical purpose?
The death of the institution of marriage - supposed to be sacred. Society is doomed.
Tone is disconsolate and angry.
What is the significance of the last line in the poem (include the word tone in your answer)?
People are brainwashed and not thinking for themselves - they are being swept up by the industrial revolution
What is suggested by the quote: 'mind forged manacles i hear'?
These young people should not be so sad or exploited. It makes us angry that they are being affected like this.
Explain the emotive appeal in using infants and children (chimney sweepers) in the poem
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