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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 Alex Chemilowsky (4/3/2014 3:26:00 AM)

    London hasn't changed much then. (Report) Reply

    6 person liked.
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  • Rookie F O (3/3/2014 12:28:00 PM)

    chartered means to do with government or rule, not mapped out. it reflects Blake is an anti-nomina, i.e. he hates rules (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,037 Points Walterrean Salley (8/5/2012 10:58:00 PM)

    A striking poem, quite eerie, with grave images. Almost like a time machine. Very interesting comments below. I enjoyed reading- twice. (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
  33. 33. For Selma , Langston Hughes
  34. 34. The Telephone , Hilaire Belloc
  35. 35. The Barrel-Organ , Alfred Noyes
  36. 36. Albert And The 'Eadsman , Marriott Edgar
  37. 37. Contemplating Hell , Bertolt Brecht
  38. 38. From The Bush , Henry Lawson
  39. 39. Ben Jonson Entertains A Man From Stratford , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  40. 40. The Ballad Of The White Horse , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  41. 41. The White Cliffs , Alice Duer Miller
  42. 42. Waring , Robert Browning
  43. 43. In Valleys Of Springs And Rivers , Alfred Edward Housman
  44. 44. Cotton-Wool , Alfred Noyes
  45. 45. London Voluntaries Iv: Out Of The Poison.. , William Ernest Henley
  46. 46. The Old Song , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  47. 47. Out Of Town , Amy Levy
  48. 48. The Homeless , Dan Jordan
  49. 49. The Foggy Dew , Katharine Tynan
  50. 50. A London Trip , Ravi Panamanna
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