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'On Another's Sorrow.'

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'On Another's Sorrow.' There is a strong religious theme running throughout this poem. Black uses the idea of sorrow to show, and how we deal with it to show the difference between humans and God. He does this by splitting the poem into two halves and looking at how a person and then God would deal with sorrow. Blake asks several questions, as it is in first person at this point I feel that it is Blake asking the questions, which are, 'Can I see another's woe, And not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, And not seek for kind relief?' This is an example of Blake's use for the rhetorical question, which stirs thoughts of how we cope with sorrow, which is shown ...read more.


This quote clearly illustrates that 'he who smiles on all,' who is God, cannot not wipe the tears away, therefore saying that God is so loving that he has to help. As Blake is clearly very religious his work seems to take on an almost takes on the tone of propaganda towards religion. He uses phrases like, 'Oh! He gives us his joy, That our grief he may destroy.' The use of the exclamation mark adds a sense of excitement to the phrase. Also it makes it stand out more as a statement of fact which gives it authority, so necessary for propaganda to be effective. There are many reasons to explain why Blake uses so many rhyming couplets at the end of the majority of every two ...read more.


Also images of destroying grief that are used in the last stanza, initially sound quite violent, but they used by Blake to make God sound powerful and foreboding, but, are also used to be of some comfort, that there is powerful being there to look over you. The structure reflects the rhyming pattern, in the way that it is quite simple; four lines to a stanza, with two rhyming couplets in each stanza, but its simple nature makes it more accessible to children. I do feel that Blake's message in this is Religious, even though God isn't directly mentioned. Blake almost comes across as a preacher in his work, because his message of, God is there to help comfort you and support you, is so pro Christian that it is hard to miss. ...read more.

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