Essay On William Wordsworth's Poem London, 1807

Essay by damoleHigh School, 12th gradeA+, March 2004

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William Wordsworth's poem about England and how great it used to be. The writer

actually explains how it had a natural endowment of wealth and power and how it

changed into a country full of selfish men. He goes even further, begging the deceased

John Milton, an English poet and political writer, saying, "Raise us up, return to us

again." He further explains what he wants to return. Wordsworth wants manners, virtue,

freedom, power, everything that England used to be that's what he wants to return. He

goes on, praising Milton and how pure of a person he was and how beautiful he spoke.

Wordswoth expressed the need England had for Milton so desperately as if he was

hoping that just his words would bring Milton back.

Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem Douglass is about how America had fallen on evil

days, days worse than when Frederick Douglass, an American writer and former slave,

was still alive.

The writer states that the whole country listened to Douglass' every word

and that they listened with amazement. Dunbar declares how much the country needs

Douglass and his voice, the voice that the people will lend an ear to. Dunbar is

absolutely convinced that if Douglass was still alive the people would have a beacon to

follow in the darkness of their confusion.

The title "London. 1802 suggests that this poem will probably be about London at around

that time, by using that title the author prepared me for a difference in speech, such as the

use of "thee's" and "thou's." It also prepared me for different slang terms. In this poem

the writer is addressing John Milton, an English Poet. The writer's attitude toward

Milton is distress and disgust toward the state at which England is at that time is horrid.