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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

  • Rookie - 0 Points Anna Zhu (6/30/2016 8:13:00 AM)

    This poem really create a lot! (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 62,533 Points * Sunprincess * (3/1/2016 9:04:00 PM)

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

  • Gold Star - 66,259 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

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Poems About London

  1. 1. London , William Blake
  2. 2. The Triumphs Of Philamore And Amoret. To.. , Richard Lovelace
  3. 3. Spring Wind In London , Katherine Mansfield
  4. 4. His Return To London , Robert Herrick
  5. 5. East London , Matthew Arnold
  6. 6. West London , Matthew Arnold
  7. 7. London Bridge Of Havasu , Hazel H. Kersch
  8. 8. Verses Wrote On Her Death-Bed At Bath, T.. , Mary Monck
  9. 9. La Paloma In London , Claude McKay
  10. 10. The Wreck Of The Steamer London , William Topaz McGonagall
  11. 11. Descriptive Jottings Of London , William Topaz McGonagall
  12. 12. Calamity In London , William Topaz McGonagall
  13. 13. The Declaration Of London , Rudyard Kipling
  14. 14. A London Plane-Tree , Amy Levy
  15. 15. London In July , Amy Levy
  16. 16. A March Day In London , Amy Levy
  17. 17. London Poets , Amy Levy
  18. 18. London Bridge , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  19. 19. London, 1802 , William Wordsworth
  20. 20. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  21. 21. The Lights Of London , Louise Imogen Guiney
  22. 22. The Cavalier's March To London , Thomas Babbington Macaulay
  23. 23. London Bells , Anonymous
  24. 24. In A London Drawingroom , Mary Anne Evans
  25. 25. London Airport , Christopher Logue
  26. 26. In A London Square , Arthur Hugh Clough
  27. 27. London, Hast Thou Accursed Me , Henry Howard
  28. 28. A Wife In London (December, 1899) , Thomas Hardy
  29. 29. In Honour Of The City Of London , William Dunbar
  30. 30. The Now Jerusalem, Song Of Mary The Moth.. , Anonymous
  31. 31. In London , Dora Wilcox
  32. 32. At The War Office, London (Affixing The .. , Thomas Hardy
  33. 33. On The University Carrier Who Sickn'D In.. , John Milton
  34. 34. A London Thoroughfare. 2 A.M. , Amy Lowell
  35. 35. The London 'Bobby' , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  36. 36. Trivia; Or, The Art Of Walking The Stree.. , John Gay
  37. 37. At The War Office, London. , Thomas Hardy
  38. 38. Orinda To Lucasia Parting October 1661 A.. , Katherine Philips
  39. 39. Impression De Nuit ( London ) , Lord Alfred Douglas
  40. 40. In A London Drawingroom , George Eliot
  41. 41. London Voluntaries Iv: Out Of The Poison.. , William Ernest Henley
  42. 42. A Satire Against The Citizens Of London , Henry Howard
  43. 43. To The City Of London , William Dunbar
  44. 44. An Epitaph On Mr. Fishborne The Great Lo.. , William Strode
  45. 45. Ratty And Mole On London Underground , Richard George
  46. 46. London Boy , Carolyn Vuletic
  47. 47. His Last Trip To London , Richard George
  48. 48. Prayers For London , Uriah Hamilton
  49. 49. Tanka - London Blasts , john tiong chunghoo
  50. 50. London 7-7-2005 , Tony Marinho
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