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London - Poem by William Blake

I wandered through each chartered street,
Near where the chartered Thames does flow,
A mark in every face I meet,
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

In every cry of every man,
In every infant's cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forged manacles I hear:

How the chimney-sweeper's cry
Every blackening church appals,
And the hapless soldier's sigh
Runs in blood down palace-walls.

But most, through midnight streets I hear
How the youthful harlot's curse
Blasts the new-born infant's tear,
And blights with plagues the marriage-hearse.

Comments about London by William Blake

  • Gold Star - 61,696 Points * Sunprincess * (3/1/2016 9:04:00 PM)

    ..............beautiful poem...I would love to visit London someday ★ (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 52,962 Points Susan Williams (3/1/2016 3:41:00 PM)

    One more thing- I promise- I know this is the third comment I've posted on this fantastic piece of literature but frankly there are at least twenty more comments I'd like to make.  This poem has captivated me- I want to explore its streets and channels.  But I will restrict myself to this.  I just had to mention that this is a very noisy poem.  He is walking the charted streets and he does give us unforgettable visuals but that's not all.  He lets us know there are cries everywhere.
    In every cry of every man,
    In every Infant's cry of fear
    , In every voice, in every ban,
    The mind-forg'd manacles I hear.
    ... How the Chimney-sweeper's cry
    ......... And the hapless Soldier's sigh
    Runs in blood down Palace walls
    .................But most thro' midnight streets I hearHow the youthful Harlot's curse
    Blasts the new-born Infant's tear,
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The sounds in this poem assault your eardrums.  Assault your soul.Cries, cries, and more cries—sound is everywhere in this poem. Something is rotten here in Denmark that there are so many cries of pain.  Because of the pain of mind-forged manacles.... I'd love to go after that phrase. But I promised this was the last comment I would make.  (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 52,962 Points Susan Williams (3/1/2016 3:06:00 PM)

    Hopefully it is all right to post more than one comment because I got side-tracked on my first comment.  My eye got caught on the word charter'd basically because Blake used it twice.  Repetition is a  poetic standard but not like this.  Blake is too good a poet to repeat a word just because he's too lazy to find a synonym.  That means something is up with this word.  Charter’d”—means that the land or building is owned by and bound to someone.  There's nothing new about that.  Why is Blake fixated on it?  The government of England chartered it- divided it up- lay claim to the right to do so.  The area is blighted by poverty, hopelessness, filth, disease, lawlessness, child labor prostitution. But the government does not claim the human suffering.  Instead, it turns its back on it and lets it fester. Blake sees that people are trapped here in these chartered streets, imprisoned there by an uncaring government so he makes sure the reader sees and ponders the word chartered. He is protesting apparently in a climate that punishes protesting. (Report) Reply

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Poems About London

  1. 1. London , William Blake
  2. 2. London, 1802 , William Wordsworth
  3. 3. East London , Matthew Arnold
  4. 4. A London Thoroughfare. 2 A.M. , Amy Lowell
  5. 5. A Wife In London (December, 1899) , Thomas Hardy
  6. 6. London Snow , Robert Seymour Bridges
  7. 7. London In July , Amy Levy
  8. 8. His Return To London , Robert Herrick
  9. 9. London After The Great Fire, 1666 , John Dryden
  10. 10. In A London Drawingroom , George Eliot
  11. 11. Farewell To London , Alexander Pope
  12. 12. Spring Wind In London , Katherine Mansfield
  13. 13. Descriptive Jottings Of London , William Topaz McGonagall
  14. 14. The Lights Of London , Louise Imogen Guiney
  15. 15. To The City Of London , William Dunbar
  16. 16. In A London Square , Arthur Hugh Clough
  17. 17. Calamity In London , William Topaz McGonagall
  18. 18. A London Plane-Tree , Amy Levy
  19. 19. A March Day In London , Amy Levy
  20. 20. London - In Imitation Of The Third Satir.. , Samuel Johnson
  21. 21. London Poets , Amy Levy
  22. 22. Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, Septem.. , William Wordsworth
  23. 23. West London , Matthew Arnold
  24. 24. London Roses , Willa Sibert Cather
  25. 25. Dear Old London , Eugene Field
  26. 26. The Declaration Of London , Rudyard Kipling
  27. 27. London Bridge , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  28. 28. At The War Office, London. , Thomas Hardy
  29. 29. A Ballad Of London , Richard Le Gallienne
  30. 30. London Crossfigured , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  31. 31. London Airport , Christopher Logue
  32. 32. The Loss Of The Victoria , William Topaz McGonagall
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