"Runs in blood down palace walls" is another metaphor from the poem which conveys the oppression of the lower class by the aristocracy to the reader.This metaphor is made in reference to the war with France, which alludes to the fact that the soldiers, primarily made up of lower class males, were forced to give their lives for the state or the royal family.
Grounded on the typicality and canonicity of image of London in the poetic text titled London as well as its critical responses to the social realities at that historical moment with an aim of taking into account the sound bitterness of the poor who have been living at the bottom of English society over French revolution and showing his concern for those who have been leading a poor and indecent life, this essay is inclined to devote most of its textual spaces to the elaborations of the strong protest William Blake has implied in the London images of this poem to abuse the cruel and brutal realities of English society at that time during French revolution owing to its destructive effects on the poor. The Critical Emphases on William Blake’s London As far as London is concerned, both international and Chinese scholars have made their respective studies of from different respective according to their own understanding of this poem as manifested in the academic achievements they have made in their specific fields based on their specific academic interests and versatilities.This powerful metaphor insinuates that if the mind cannot be free then what else can?Which ultimately portrays the manifestation of oppression in all areas of London's lower class citizens.George Puttenham describes the effect of rhythm as "(Something) to inveigle and appasionate the mind" (Mason and Nims 201), which succeeds in demonstrating the essence of rhythms role in poetry.William Blake's poem entitled, "London" uses rhythm to reinforce the ideas conveyed in the poem by employing diction that mimics the confined and restricted feeling conveyed by the bleakness in the streets of London.Beginning with the poems title, we expect a poem to be descriptive or a reminiscence of a particular time or place.The word "London" traditionally evokes images of Buckingham Palace or the royal family, yet Blake's poem makes no mention of either of these images and instead draws attention to the nuances in connotation. It was formerly the site of the hosiery shop at 28 Broad St belonging to William Blake's father; William was born here on 28 November 1757 and lived here until he was 25.Blake uses various poetic devices in order to enhance the portrayal of the poems purpose to the reader.These devices include metaphor, symbolism, oxymoron, and repetition, all of which facilitate in the articulation of the poems purpose to the reader.As the speaker wanders through the streets, he takes note of the frailty and grief that he sees in the faces of the people that he meets. The purpose of William Blake's London is to reveal the oppression of the lower class citizens of London, by the aristocracy during the late 18th century.