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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 - 64,064 Points * Sunprincess * (3/1/2016 9:04:00 PM)

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

  • Gold Star - 74,313 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. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. A Wife In London (December, 1899) , Thomas Hardy
  4. 4. A March Day In London , Amy Levy
  5. 5. London, 1802 , William Wordsworth
  6. 6. East London , Matthew Arnold
  7. 7. A London Thoroughfare. 2 A.M. , Amy Lowell
  8. 8. In A London Drawingroom , George Eliot
  9. 9. London Snow , Robert Seymour Bridges
  10. 10. La Paloma In London , Claude McKay
  11. 11. West London , Matthew Arnold
  12. 12. London In July , Amy Levy
  13. 13. London Voluntaries Iv: Out Of The Poison.. , William Ernest Henley
  14. 14. A London Plane-Tree , Amy Levy
  15. 15. Farewell To London , Alexander Pope
  16. 16. London Poets , Amy Levy
  17. 17. The Cavalier's March To London , Thomas Babbington Macaulay
  18. 18. At The War Office, London (Affixing The .. , Thomas Hardy
  19. 19. Trivia; Or, The Art Of Walking The Stree.. , John Gay
  20. 20. In London , Dora Wilcox
  21. 21. A London Fête , Coventry Patmore
  22. 22. At The War Office, London. , Thomas Hardy
  23. 23. London, Hast Thou Accursed Me , Henry Howard
  24. 24. Scenes In London I - Piccadilly , Letitia Elizabeth Landon
  25. 25. London Airport , Christopher Logue
  26. 26. On Leaving London For Wales , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  27. 27. Orinda To Lucasia Parting October 1661 A.. , Katherine Philips
  28. 28. London Bridge , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  29. 29. His Return To London , Robert Herrick
  30. 30. A Satire Against The Citizens Of London , Henry Howard
  31. 31. A London Trip , Ravi Panamanna
  32. 32. The Triumphs Of Philamore And Amoret. To.. , Richard Lovelace
  33. 33. London Stone , Rudyard Kipling
  34. 34. 0013 Aftermath: London, July 7,2005 , Michael Shepherd
  35. 35. Book Seventh [residence In London] , William Wordsworth
  36. 36. Descriptive Jottings Of London , William Topaz McGonagall
  37. 37. The Now Jerusalem, Song Of Mary The Moth.. , Anonymous
  38. 38. In Honour Of The City Of London , William Dunbar
  39. 39. London , Francis William Lauderdale A ..
  40. 40. Deep Sea In London And Paris Also Paris .. , WAEL MOREICHEH
  41. 41. Dear Old London , Eugene Field
  42. 42. Our Lot Was Allotted In Old London Town .. , Robert Murray Smith
  43. 43. London - In Imitation Of The Third Satir.. , Samuel Johnson
  44. 44. On The University Carrier Who Sickn'D In.. , John Milton
  45. 45. Calamity In London , William Topaz McGonagall
  46. 46. London To Folkestone (Half-Past One To H.. , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  47. 47. Dedication Of 'The Dream Of Man' To Lond.. , William Watson
  48. 48. In A London Square , Arthur Hugh Clough
  49. 49. London Bells , Anonymous
  50. 50. Trivia; Or The Art Of Walking The Street.. , John Gay
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