This poem featured in a counterpart anthology titled Songs of Innocence & Experience. The ‘experience’ poems were much more cynical and pessimistic __about his experiences. This poem is set during the industrial revolution,__ when poverty, disease and malnutrition was rife. Also, England was at war with France and women didn’t have any rights.
The poem takes the reader__ on a journey through the streets of London__. We are presented with appalling sights and experiences which were commonplace to Victorians. He sees both adults and children crying. People lack freedom and are in a state of despondency.
- Four, four-lined stanzas
- People refusing to revolt
- Sacrifices for the affluent
- Corruption in family and life
- Regular rhyme scheme
- Consistently alternating ABAB rhythm
- Power of humans