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Compare and Contrast the poems "The Tyger/The Donkey" and discuss which poet gives the clearest depiction of humanity.

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Introduction

Compare and Contrast the poems "The Tyger/The Donkey" and discuss which poet gives the clearest depiction of humanity. Stanza 1 of "The Tyger" gives us an image of great power and strength, which the tiger contains. Also it refers to a person being the creator of this creature. A God, but which one? God who creates all things pleasant and harmful? Or Satan, who creates all the demonic factors of society and living things? This question is one, which could never be answered, as we do not know where the tiger originated from. From the start of the poem, we see the use of rhyming couplets, which gives the poem a solid structure, but only if it has a good rhythm to it, which this poem undoubtedly has. Also, pace is a factor, which gives a poem a strong feeling to it, and the swiftness of the poem is certainly easy to spot by any readers. At the end of stanza 1, we witness the beginning of a series of rhetorical questions, which Blake uses deliberately so that the imagery in our minds is evoked. ...read more.

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No one knows what is going on inside a person even if they seem to be nice, or even if they seem to be nasty, they could still be a loving compassionate person on the inside. Many of these emotions and terms of personality may never been shown, but they are still there. This is why Blake wrote this poem, to make people realize that everything in the world was not created to make things easier, but also to hinder our progress among society. As we move onto the next poem, "The Donkey", we see a dramatic change in how the poems are written. First of all, "The Tyger" was written in Blake's perspective of what the tiger is like, and what its beauty is like, but in "The Donkey", we read a poem, which is written in the viewpoint of a donkey, and how it feels about itself. The title of the poem, "The Donkey", makes us think that the poem is asinine, although it is not, as we soon find out whenever we read down thoroughly through the poem. ...read more.

Conclusion

This stanza is yet again another one, which the tone is full of sorrow, and this is deliberate to summon sympathy from us for the donkey. As we reach stanza 4, we see a sensational change in how the donkey speaks of itself. For once it is putting itself above others and is mocking us humans for treating it in the ways that we did. Also, for the first time, the donkey has gotten very confident within itself, and it is standing up to all the criticism that it has undergone. Religious factors are brought into the poem, to strengthen the poem, as the religion involved was about the entry into Jerusalem, just before Jesus was put on trial. In this 'hour', the donkey felt proud and privileged, and also ecstatic, as he got to carry the Son of God on his back into Jerusalem, even though he knew that he was bringing Jesus to his death. The point that Chesterton is trying to make is that everything and everyone on earth should be respected, no matter how bad its defects are, or no matter how perfect it is, all living things should be respected equally instead of discriminated against for things it can not do anything about. ...read more.

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