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31

Youthful harlot

London

Contrast between innocence of youth and sordidness of prostitution

32

Curse

London

He hears prostitutes cording but may also mean they are a curse to London??

33

Blast the new born infants tear

London

The innocence of newborn babies is lost immediately — society damages its members
Absence of hope for everyone suffering under the hand of the corrupt people in power

34

Blights with plagues

London

Powerful language of illness and disease. Destruction is implied by ‘blights’ and ‘plagued’ hints at something that’s uncontrollable and destined to affect lots of people

35

Marriage hearse

London

Oxymoron — links the happy image of marriage with death. Suggests that everything has been destroyed
Contrasts shows everything is effected and nothing is innocent

36

What were the names of the two volumes of poetry Blake illustrated and wrote which explored the state of human soul ?

‘Songs of Innocence’ are positive poems which focus on childhood, nature and love, whereas the ‘Songs of Experience’ ( including ‘London’) look at how innocence has been lost, and how society has been corrupted