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Analyse Language in 'London'

In this worksheet, students will exercise their analysis of language in 'London'.

'Analyse Language in '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'

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Want to practice your language analysis in 'London'?

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Good! You've come to the right place. All you need to do is refer to the poem 'London' in your anthology! 


To quickly recap: 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. Perhaps a criticism at the vast control the government has over the public, Blake challenges authority in this revolutionary poem.

Take notes as you do this activity. It'll definitely help you absorb more information if you're writing all the new things you learn alongside. Take your time and absorb the teacher's explanation - it's full of helpful gems!


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

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