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This Week's Topic:
April is National Poetry Month! Share your favorite poem(s) or poet.
I've never been much of a fan of poetry but I studied William Blake in Sixth Form and actually grew to like his poems in Songs of Innocence and Experience. Once we learnt more about these poems I thought they were pretty good. My favourite one is London from Experience.
I wander thro' each charter'd street,
Near where the charter'd Thames does flow.
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: in every ban,
The mind-forg'd manacles I hear
How the Chimney-sweepers cry
Every blackning Church appalls,
And the hapless Soldiers sigh
Runs in blood down Palace walls
But most thro' midnight streets I hear
How the youthful Harlots curse
Blasts the new-born Infants tear
And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse
It's the imagery I love the most. The 'mind-forg'd manacles'. Makes London sound like it's people are almost brainwashed to think alike. It's a depressing image of London with the residents appearing miserable in their lives but I can't help but love the poem.