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Following A Close Study Of Tyger Tyger By William Blake And Hawk

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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.

In the poem "Hawk Roosting" by Ted Hughes you instantly get an idea of
the hawks arrogance. The first line of the first stanza "I sit in the
top of the wood, my eyes closed" indicates to the reader how the hawk
feels he is so superior. It also shows that the poet feels he is quite
arrogant. This is because the hawk doesn't need to worry about being
hunted as he is in control. The word "top" not only means that he
flies above everything else but also that he is "top" of the world.
The poet feels that the hawk is strong and focused as is shown on the
third line "Inaction no falsifying dream". This means that the hawk
doesn't need dreams as his life is perfect the way it is. The poet
also feels that there is a sense of menace or danger of the hawk as is
shown on the third line "Between my hooked head and hooked feet:". The
repetition in the word "hooked" gives the hawk a sense of menace. The
poet shows how he feels the hawk is arrogant again in the last line of
the first stanza "Or in sleep rehearse perfect kills and eat.". This
shows that the hawk feels that he is perfect and no one is equal or
better than him. It also shows that the hawks like revolves around
killing as he is either killing or thinking about killing. By saying
this the poet shows that he feels the hawk is a killing machine.

Nicole Kilcoyne

William Blake relates the tyger to it surroundings and the rest of
nature and creation by throughout the whole of the poem. For example
he mentions "the forests of...

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