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Following A close study of "Tyger Tyger" by William Blake and "Hawk Roosting" by Ted Hughes, discuss the poets' attitudes towards the animals in the poem.

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Following A close study of "Tyger Tyger" by William Blake and "Hawk Roosting" by Ted Hughes, discuss the poets' attitudes towards the animals in the poem. I am following a close study of the poems "Tyger Tyger" by William Blake and "Hawk Roosting" by Ted Hughes. "Tyger Tyger" is about an evil fearful tyger and was written in the 18th century during the industrial revolution and this is shown in the text as it is written in old-fashioned language. The second poem I am studying is "Hawk Roosting" which is about a hawk in a forest and was written during the 1950's. The first poem I am going to study is "Tyger Tyger" by William Blake. From the first line of the first stanza " Tyger! Tyger! Burning bright" the alliteration gives the poem a child like feel. Also, the exclamation marks show that the poet is addressing the Tyger and that he feels admiration towards the Tyger. The second line "In the forests of the night" also makes the poem sound child like, but there is contrast in the colour of the "burning bright" and the "night". By doing this the poet is showing how he feels the tyger possesses both the energy and destructive force of fire. It is also already hinting toward the tygers darker side. The third line "What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry" the poet is talking to the tyger and asking the tyger a rhetorical question and also describing the tygers body, he is also referring to the "God" that made the tyger. ...read more.

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Which gives you the impression that the whole world feared the tyger. Ted Hughes relates the hawk to its surroundings and the rest of nature and creation by saying throughout the whole poem how the hawk feels that everything is there for his convenience. For example the hawk feels that the trees have been put there for his convenience and benefit as on the 1st line of the second stanza he says "The convenience of the high trees" which also again shows the hawk arrogant side. The hawk also feels that he is the greatest creation in the world. This is shown on the 2nd line of the third stanza "It took the whole of creation to produce foot my each feather:" this also shows that the hawk is thinking about his place and how he is best, everything has been changed for him. The hawk also uses the natural resources to help him become a powerful killing machine as he says, "The sun is behind me" which is a simple yet powerful simple fact. Both animals share many similarities and qualities. For example they are both killing machines that have evolved purely to do one thing - kill. This is shown on the "Tyger Tyger" poem from the very first line as is the "Hawk Roosting" poem. Also both animals are top of the food chain for example the tyger is feared by everyone and is indestructible as shown on line three of the 1st stanza "What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?" ...read more.

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They thought that it was all about survival of the fittest and encouraging people to look out for number one and not care about anyone else. These poems are written in two different styles. The "Hawk Roosting" poem by Ted Hughes is written in firs person narrative where the poet is actually the hawk. But the "Tyger Tyger" poem by William Blake is written in third person narrative where is talking about the tyger and describing it, he also asks the tyger a lot of questions throughout the poem. Both of the poets use powerful and violent language to put images of power and strength in to the readers mind. Firstly, Ted Hughes has added colons and dashes after certain sentences. For example on the fourth stanza "There is no sophistry in my body: My manners are tearing off heads-" Ted Hughes has added the colon and dash as it becomes part of the meter and the pause gives the reader time to think about the hawk, it is also when the hawk pauses and he is doing this as he wants to shock the reader. Throughout the whole "Tyger Tyger" poem William Blake has used certain words and phrases, as he wants to shock the reader and get over to the reader about just how awful and scary the tyger is. An example of this is on fourth stanza where he associates the tyger with tools of hard labour and makes you think of violence and fire and heat "What the hammer? What the chain? In what furnace was thy brain?" ...read more.

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