Abstract Idea The Abstract idea the prompt asks us to analyze is conditions of time periods. This means that we must analyze how the speaker alludes to events of that time and social norms of the period. The two authors may choose different ways to portray their thoughts on the era and it is our job to compare and contrast their ways.
William Wordsworth is discontent with the current conditions of London and calls out to "Milton" for their help. He thinks it is the people that are the flaw of the era.
Laurence Dunbar insists that people are not unmannerly or nasty, but that they have grown evil and power-hungry. He doesn't like the conflict of the time.
The poem "London" is a message to a friend, wishing that the person was there to help correct the nastiness of the city. It is an Italian sonnet and makes use of the last two lines to say London is on a period of bad deeds.
The English Sonnet "Douglass" opens similarly to "London" as the speakers both call to someone else to vent their judgement of their poor circumstances
Both of the poems use hopeless diction. " London uses words such as "stagnant", "selfish", and "lowliest". "Douglass" uses diction such as "dispraise", "evil", and "dissension".
Both poems have tones of despair as their speakers feel their cities or surroundings have been changed for the worse and don't see positive action in the near future.
El statement de thesis: As observers of their societies, William Wordsworth and Paul Laurence Dunbar use similar diction and structure to convey the same idea: their place in time is an unfavorable one.
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