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Compare the ways William Blake in 'The Tyger' and Ted Hughes in 'The Jaguar' use language to make us aware of the power of the animals.

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Julia Lee 3) Compare the ways William Blake in 'The Tyger' and Ted Hughes in 'The Jaguar' use language to make us aware of the power of the animals. Tigers and Jaguars are big cats which both have a lot of power. They are beautiful creatures. Even though William Blake and Ted Hughes were born and wrote 200 years apart, I find it interesting that both poets write about big cats, and the amount of power they have considering the time gap. Although the contexts of the poems are different, the way the poems are written with strong words and interesting poetic techniques are very similar. In 'The Tyger', Blake is infatuated by the animal. He thinks of the Tyger as if it is some kind of G-d, one created and blessed by G-d himself. It is a divine creature! Just like Blake thinks so much of the tyger, Hughes thinks the same of the jaguar, but Hughes is not as religious as Blake and does not think of his creature in that context. ...read more.

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He also makes great use of repetition, which brings a pleasing rhythm into the piece. 'Tyger, Tyger', 'and what...', 'dread' These are rhetorical questions used to give emphasis on the subject he is talking about, 'Did he who make the lamb make thee?' In the Jaguar, the power Hughes talks about does not come from G-d, but from itself. The poem starts off very depressing and miserable talking about all the other animals in the zoo. The zoo looks like a picture. Nothing is moving. All the animals are in small cages together and can't be bothered to move. The animals are bored, 'The apes yawn and adore their fleas in the sun.', 'Fatigued with indolence, tiger and lion' Julia Lee To show the boredom effectively, Hughes uses long vowels. The only animals that seem to be moving are the parrots which Hughes compares to cheap tarts. They are colorful as if they are groping for attention and have to sell themselves like prostitutes or cheap tarts, 'The parrots shriek as if they were on fire, or strut, Like cheap tarts to attract the stroller with the nut.' ...read more.

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Julia Lee The drills of eyes are like a pair of working machinery. Hughes shares Blake's use of noise and rhythm to show the attractions and actions of everything around and in the scenery, 'drill', 'shriek', 'bang'. This technique is immediately effective, as it grabs the reader's attention right away. I like both these poems equally. They are both filled with energy, love and vitality which bring it to life! I spent a long time contemplating which poem or poet I preferred, but it was an extremely hard conclusion as I have a big passion for both. To a certain extent, the poems appealed to me because of my love for animals with power and authority. The Jaguar as an animal drew me in because of its almost spiritual thinking, of not feeling caged up but free and in its own habitat. In The Tyger, it is its remarkable features, such as its fiery eyes and looks which I find entrancing. Overall, I am very pleased to have looked at these two poems alongside each other for my coursework. .The poets had so much to agree on although they were centuries apart, and I was also thrilled to agree with them. ...read more.

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