Some time beforea funerary monument was erected in his memory on the north wall, with a half-effigy of him in the act of writing. Its plaque compares him to NestorSocratesand Virgil.
And mark in every face I meet Marks of weakness, marks of woe.
In every cry of every Man, In every Infants cry of fear, In every voice: He sees despair in the faces of the people he meets and hears fear and repression in their voices.
The nighttime holds nothing more promising: Repetition is the most striking formal feature of the poem, and it serves to emphasize the prevalence of the horrors the speaker describes.
But words also undergo transformation within this repetition: Signs of human suffering abound, but a complete human form—the human form that Blake has used repeatedly in the Songs to personify and render natural phenomena—is lacking.
In the third stanza the cry of the chimney-sweep and the sigh of the soldier metamorphose almost mystically into soot on church walls and blood on palace walls—but we never see the chimney-sweep or the soldier themselves. Likewise, institutions of power—the clergy, the government—are rendered by synecdoche, by mention of the places in which they reside.
The poem climaxes at the moment when the cycle of misery recommences, in the form of a new human being starting life: Sexual and marital union—the place of possible regeneration and rebirth—are tainted by the blight of venereal disease.Early Years and Education.
William Butler Yeats was born on 13 June in the seaside village of Sandymount in County Dublin, Ireland. His mother, Susan Mary Pollexfen () was the daughter of a wealthy family from County Sligo. WILLIAM BLAKE William Blake was born in , the third son of a London tradesman who sold knitwear.
Blake lived in London which dominated much of his work. He was a British poet, painter, and engraver, who illustrated and printed his own books. A summary of “London” in William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Songs of Innocence and Experience and what it means.
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William points to the corruption within the city of London; this poem is a form of social and political protest against the oppressive landlords and authorities of the city. In the first stanza William Blake talks of wandering through the streets that are privately owned, and states even the river Thames is not free from ownership.
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