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Compare and contrast the poems "The Tyger" and "The Donkey" and discuss which poet gives us the clearest depiction of humanity. William Blake is a wealthy, upper-class writer who separates himself from the rest of the wealthy community. Blake has a hate for the techniques used by many of the wealthy, company owners who gain and capitalise through cheap and expendable labour, supplied by the ever-growing poverty in the country. Blake makes a point to try and reveal this industrial savagery through his work. "The Tyger" is presented as a metaphorical approach to the struggle between the rich and the poor; good and evil. The several references to good and evil reinforce this idea and meaning. "The Tyger" holds one great metaphorical element, which is, what created the tiger? Good or evil? It raises many theories for the tiger's existence but the main point is to show that there is good and evil in everyone and everything. Blake shows us how something so beautiful can really be both beautiful but still retain a certain ferocity and savagery. Such as the wealthy factory owners of the 18th century, they offered a well-paid job and good employment benefits, but that was all just a fa�ade. ...read more.

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deeps or skies" Gives us an image of perhaps heaven and hell, or simply the sky and the earth or perhaps even thinking in terms of the human mind. Which area of the brain conceived such a creature, the dark and mysterious less used part or the commonly used area, which is constantly exposed to multitudes of thoughts, images and feelings. Which part could create a creature of such stature and ferocity yet allows certain elegance. As with "The Donkey" Chesterton provides our minds with fuel to create our own perceptions of his poem and visualise the events taking place inside, behind the words and to the deeper meaning, which the poem was created for such as: "With monstrous head and sickening cry" This line makes the reader imagine perhaps a monster, feared and hated but it is not the true meaning, Chesterton is not the narrator here as Blake is in "The Tyger" but The Donkey is the one talking, it is what is talking to us about itself, and in the first 3 stanzas The Donkey derides itself showing that like us, it has emotions and it has self esteem despite the absence of any, as it comments on itself. ...read more.

Conclusion

"The Tyger" also has some elements of repetition for example: "Tyger, Tyger burning bright" And the repetition of the first stanza with a slight change to end the poem and this change is quite significant because of the poems content, the final stanza sums up everything within the poem, after all the questions it comes to a conclusion in the form of a final question: "What immortal hand or eye dare frame thy fearful symmetry?" "The Donkey" has a unique rhythm, one that also relates to the animal being referred to. The rhyme pattern imitates the donkeys walk, 1-2-1-2, this concept isn't easily recognised, but to notice it, shows the depth of the poem. Chesterton either included this simply by chance or meant to do it, which shows a strong backbone to his writings. Both poems are similar in many respects and both writers share common ideas, the use of animals to portray ideas and the views they have about human kind. Both "The Tyger" and "The Donkey" show elements of each other, and this is reflected in the writer, two great minds, with great mindsets on life and human kind. Brendan Mullan S2B ...read more.

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