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Choose 2 poems by William Blake and consider how they capture his concerns as a poet.

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February 2004 English Coursework Subika Sultan Choose 2 poems by William Blake and consider how they capture his concerns as a poet. William Blake was a first generation Romantic poet. Many of his poems were critical of a society who thought them selves to be almost perfect, a society run by, not their own free will, but the use of technology. He wanted people to question what they had always done, and whether it was morally right. He did so by using varying techniques that set up clashes between ideologies and reality. His poems allow us to see into 'the eternal world of the spirit' and his dreams of the sacred England he had always wanted, a place undamaged by technology, a place that is peaceful and tranquil. But not all his poems reflect this. In fact, from Blake's 'Songs of Innocence and of Experience' there are a number of poems, describing what life could be like and in reality what life is like. Two examples are 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger'. We can see he uses poetic techniques to set up such clashes. These two poems demonstrate exactly Blake's views on the ills of society, mainly referring to the industrial revolution and the impacts and consequences it brought. ...read more.

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But we do know that it is probably someone who fears the creature and would not dare to disturb it as the voice itself is speaking of just how 'fearful' the tyger is. There are two main possible answers to who the voice is. It could be William Blake himself who has literally and metaphorically created the tyger or it might be God. They are both possibilities and in both Blake is indicating that the tyger is an imagined creature and Blake thinks the human tool of imagination is by far the strongest we have; anything can be thought of, because without imagination we would not grow in knowledge. 'The Lamb' is a poem structured through the didactic approach. Blake uses repetition to teach:' Little Lamb God Bless thee, Little Lamb God Bless thee'. In the first stanza Blake asks questions and in the second he answers them. This indicates that Blake is using catechism to teach the truth; which he thinks is that science and machines are destroying imagination and the feeling of freedom. Seeing that in the time he was living the industrial revolution was taking place and so it was especially a lot of danger and fear for Blake. ...read more.

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The rhythm is very forceful; like the tyger is looking for prey, striding out to stalk. But the word 'could' in the last line in the first stanzas has been changed to the word 'dare' in the last line of the last stanza. The word alters and there is a sense of disturbance from the expected rhyme. 'Symmetry' means prefect balance and yet it does not end up like that. Also 'eye' and 'symmetry' do not rhyme unlike the other rhyming couplets. This is also to cause confusion and bring about s sense of unease, the same confusion Blake felt through his life and child hood when he had visions and the society around him was changing. 'The Tyger' and 'The Lamb' are two poems written along the same lines but ending up to be completely different. However both poems show the same beliefs and opinions of William Blake perfectly and emphasize what he wanted everyone to remember and the lesson he wanted everyone to learn. This was that no matter how far man gets with technological advances and no matter how far the industrial revolution takes people; it will never be able to beat down the tool of human imagination, which is by far the strongest, and natures wild spirit, found in creatures such as the 'fierce' tyger and 'meek & mild' lamb. ...read more.

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