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Essay on Comparison of The Old Cumberland Beggar and Holy Thursday

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Comparison of The Old Cumberland Beggar and Holy Thursday Evaluate Wordsworth's 'The Old Cumberland Beggar. A Description' (Romantic Writings: An Anthology, pp.78-82) using Blake's two 'Holy Thursday poetry (Romantic Writings: An Anthology, pp.17 and 32). How do the 3 poems differ in their treatment of the theme of poverty? The title 'The Old Cumberland Beggar' (hereafter TOCB) promptly gives us the concept that the poem relates to some way to poverty. The words 'older' and 'beggar', conjuring up a picture of an old man wandering the streets. It's written in blank verse, creating a casual tone, like in storytelling. With 3 stanzas of diverse lengths and no rhyme scheme, it comes along as a story rather than a bit of poetry. This deficiency of rhyme and the use of enjambements all the way through, makes it very tricky to see as poetry. The rhythm is of Iambic Pentameter, which helps blood flow into a certain extent, but this is hampered by the occasional clumsy syntax. By comparison, the 'Holy Thursday' in Blake's Song of Innocence, (hereafter HTSI), also composed in the kind of 3 quatrains, or 4-lined stanzas, has a rhyme scheme of aabb throughout, using a rhythm similar to that of a hymn or nursery rhyme. This rhythm and the fact that the speech is quite simple, creates a playful and simple to read poem. Blake's additional 'Holy Thursday' poem, from Songs of Experience, ''hereafter HTSE), will be written in simple language and is in the kind of 4 quatrains/4-lined stanzas. The first has a rhyme scheme of abab, but the remaining 3 stanzas don't have any rhyme routine to them. However, since the rhythm is rather continuous, being of iambic metre, it's fairly an easy read, having also a good syntax. TOCB follows...

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