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Identify and Explain Key Quotations from 'London'

In this worksheet, students will be able to revise key quotes in 'London' (William Blake), as part of the 'Power and Conflict' cluster.

'Identify and Explain Key Quotations from 'London'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Eduqas, Pearson Edexcel,

Curriculum topic:   Poetry, Poetry 1789 to the Present Day, Poetry Anthology Collections

Curriculum subtopic:   Power and Conflict: 'London' 'London' Time and Place: 'London'

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Worksheet Overview

Refer to the poem 'London' in your anthology.

Here's a quick recap of the poem: Written by William Blake, the poem uses imagery as its main device. The speaker (Blake himself), describes the city of London as he walks through it. The poet's opinions of the society he lives in are portrayed through the emotive language and metaphors used. A criticism at the vast control and lack of responsibility that the government has over the public, Blake challenges authority and addresses poverty in this poem.


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This activity should help you revise some key quotes and help deepen your understanding of the poem. In the following questions, you'll be given a quote from the poem, and you'll need to identify the poet's meaning/s behind the quote.

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It may be helpful to write the quotes down as you do this exercise, so you can try and remember them for the future!


You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples. These quotations are for reference only.

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