What does ‘mind-forg’d manacles’ mean in the poem ‘London’?

Hey i have to write a essay on William Blakes poem 'London' and was wondering if anyone could help me to understand what the metaphor 'mind-forg'd manacles' means? Thanks

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2 Responses to “What does ‘mind-forg’d manacles’ mean in the poem ‘London’?”

  1. loyalest says:

    Manacles are like hand cuffs. “Mind-forg’d manacles” are the restrictions people put on themselves…they feel in their minds that they are downtrodden and trapped…so that, in itself, stops them from doing anything to break out.

  2. violas says:

    He is talking about the psychological restraints put upon the people. So with all the stuff going on around, the people are physically “restrained” as they are kept down and held back. “mind-forg’d manacles” basically means the creation of a mental restraint, the psychological imprisonment felt by the poor citizens of London.