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AQA Power and Conflict Poems – Notes on Context

Click on the links above to access a Word document with brief notes on the context of each poem from the AQA Power and Conflict cluster.  For example…

London, by William Blake

  • The French Revolution began in 1789 and ‘London’ was published in 1792
  • The Haitian Revolution, where slaves successfully liberated themselves from French colonial rule, took place in 1791
  • Blake initially associated the French Revolution with progress towards greater equality
  • However, he was later disturbed by the violence that came with it
  • England was in the middle of the Industrial Revolution and cities were expanding rapidly, leading to pollution and over-crowding

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