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Rainbow and Tyger

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Examine the similarities and differences in the way Agard & Blake deal with the theme of nature in their poems "Rainbow" and "Tyger" Agard's poem "Rainbow" portrays the wonder and beauty of a rainbow. Agard is from the Caribbean and he uses some examples of this dialect in his poem, which reflects his background. On the other hand, Blake's poem "Tyger" describes the nature of the tiger and how it is so powerful in different ways. Blake tries to portray the majesty of the tiger and how talented his creator must have been. In Agard's poem "Rainbow", he tries to convey that the rainbow in the sky is actually God's bright smile shining above us. The line "one big smile across the sky" tells us this. When Agard says in this poem, "And de rainbow make a show" it is possible he means that the rainbow appears after there is rain. When he states in the poem, "I tell you is God doing limbo" he reflects his Caribbean background. ...read more.

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meaning, who in the deep seas or the skies above could create eyes, burning bright such as the tigers? He asks himself "On what wings dare he aspire?" which shows Blake wants to know on what wings this person soars as he couldn't possibly have made the tiger as he is. "And what shoulder, and what art, Could twist the sinews of thy heart?" Blake asks the tiger in these two lines, what shoulder and what art could combine the strength or power of his heart. Blake questions the tiger about what fears the tigers hand and foot when his heart began to beat, as the tiger's paws are so powerful and heavy. The tiger is fearless and full of terror as portrayed in the fourth stanza, in the line "Dare it's deadly terrors clasp?" The line, which states, "When the stars threw down their spears and watered heaven with their tears" could possibly be referring to people years ago who would have used spears instead of guns or other modern day weapons. ...read more.

Conclusion

The differences in these two poems includes the way that Blake describes the appearance, the strength and the creator of the tiger whereas Agard only describes what he thinks the rainbow looks like. Blake speaks directly to the tiger in his poem but Agard is speaking to his audience when he is writing the poem "Rainbow". In the poem "The Tyger", Blake asks the tiger about who made him and about how powerful the tiger is. Agard's poem reflects his Caribbean background by using shortened sentences and words like "de" instead of "the". Agard wrote "Rainbow" in 1985, which explains to us why Agard doesn't speak in the Middle English language as Blake does in "The Tyger". Blake wrote "The Tyger" in 1794 and we can see this by the way he uses the Middle English language with words such as, thy and thine. These are the differences and similarities in the way Agard and Blake deal with the theme of nature in their poems "Rainbow" and "Tyger". These poets had such different lifestyles to each other and yet, in their poetry, there's still so many hidden similarities. Aoife Burns ...read more.

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