Hi, need to submit a 1250 words essay on the topic An Examination of the Poems, London by William Blake and Remember by Christina Rossetti.
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From the paper it is clear that each of the poems from ‘Songs of Experience’, should be read in conjunction with his earlier volume, ‘Songs of Innocence’, which had matching illustrated plates. An engraver, artist, devout Christian, thinker and radical, some call him a visionary, his belief in the power of the imagination and desire to create in his own inimitable way, was unfaltering. He is aligned with other Romantics, ie. Keats, Shelley, Byron, Wordsworth et al. In the post-Enlightenment era, this poem conforms to the conventions of descriptive, vibrant language creating a vision, igniting the imagination. If Romanticism sought to expand the creative expression of the poet and artist, to discover new ways to communicate this creativity, then evidence shows that these poets succeeded, none more so than Blake.
‘London’ is a harsh, negative, sinister and sordid interpretation of a society bereft of beauty or grace, reflecting the poet’s beliefs regarding the Church, State, and exploitation of people. With four stanzas of four rhyming quatrains, the regular rhyming schemes, using alliteration, repetition, metaphor and rhetoric, a chilling scenario emerges. Repetition of the word “mark” refers to what the poet/narrator is ‘noticing’ or ‘seeing’, thus introducing the sense of sight, the first imaginative trigger. “And mark in every face I meet Marks of weakness, marks of woe.” Skillful use of that one word exposes not just what he sees but what intuitively he recognizes. loss and sadness in others.