posted by TS21 on .
Question: How did the Industrial Revolution affect the poetry of William Blake and William Wordsworth?
Okay, I'm not quite sure if I understand this correctly. Wasn't Wordsworth a supporter of the IR? And wasn't Blake thought to see the IR as a prophetic sign of the transformation of the world and hope that society would of been destroyed and remade?
But were the two Romantics after shunning the IR for it bought the change of being not close to nature in Europe?
Was Blake seeking peace? He had obvious Christian themes in his poetry?
And didn't Wordsworth think the world was happening too fast?
Let us know what your conclusions are.
Hmmm...this question is one I just can't seem to correctly phrase.
Answer: The poetry of William Blake and William Wordsworth was each individually affected by the Industrial Revolution. The older poet, Blake, could simply be said to hate the Revolution and the way it affected England while expressing that opinion in his work. When Blake wrote his work had a dark tone, expressing his dislike of the change as seen in “The Tyger”.
The younger poet took every aspect of nature and beautified it. He brought out the hidden, true beauty of life and showed it to all those who read his work. Wordsworth saw the change in the social and economic conditions and it had become an ugly scene. He had tried to express to his readers that the factories, mines, and other fields of the Industrial Revolution were cause of all the social and economic problems. Wordsworth wanted those who read his work to see that all those new inventions were doing was causing life's hardships.