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April is the Coolest Month – Just Poets Favorite Poem for April 14

As part of National Poetry Month, Just Poets members will share their favorite poems along with a brief note about why the poem is their favorite poem. Today’s poem is selected by Wendy Low.

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William Blake

London

I wander thro' each charter'd street,
Near where the charter'd Thames does flow,
And mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe. 

In every cry of every Man,
In every Infant's cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forg'd manacles I hear. 

How the Chimney-sweeper's cry
Every black'ning Church appalls;
And the hapless Soldier's sigh
Runs in blood down Palace walls. 

But most thro' midnight streets I hear
How the youthful Harlot's curse
Blasts the new born Infant's tear,
And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse.

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Just Poets Member Statement:

This poem grabbed me and held me by the throat as a teen. Years later, in London at sunset, I SAW the blood run down the palace walls. Poems keep unpacking.

– Wendy Low

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“London” appears in Songs of Experience,which is available by clicking here.

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