What might you want to say about the poet's attitude towards the city in the poem London? Briefly note down some points you would want to include in your essay, then compare your ideas with those in our sample answer on the next page.
"charter'd", indicating his dismay at the fact that everything in the city is owned, even the river.
"cry of fear", the sigh of a soldier
"Runs in blood down Palace walls", new-born infants are blasted, and marriage is blighted.
"wander[s] thro"it. There are cries, the sound of
"mind-forg'd manacles"and curses. These sounds are all the result of anguish and pain, caused by conditions in the city.