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“Poets do not simply observe; they must be always approving or criticising.” Discuss this view of poetry by comparing appropriate examples of writing from your two chosen poets. Both Blake and Betjeman show issues of approving or criticising in their poems. I have chosen “Tiger” from the William Blake experience collection and “false security” from the best loved poems of John Betjeman. “The Tiger” by Blake is a poem looking at the creation of the tiger and asking numerously about its creator, hence the number of questions put forward. The poem describes the tiger as a fear object and relates it to passion, danger and anger by stating it as “burnt the fire”. The phrase links to Blake associating the tiger with the devil. The poem is rhetoric, because no answer is given. His audience is challenged to imagine how God or something so powerful could create the incredible fearsome tiger. “What immortal hand or eye, could frame thy fearful symmetry?” explains that Blake is amazed at how God could create such a frightening yet beautiful creature with such precise appearance. It also represents the balance between good and bad. This suggests that Blake in some way is disapproving of God creating such a treacherous and dangerous animal. The comparison of the Lamb is briefly submerged, the enquiry to why would God make aggression and brutality if he made tranquillity by creating harmony with the formation of “The Lamb” from the innocence collection. If God is so powerful then how dare he allow evil to arise and occur daily?-“Did he smile his work to see? Did he who made the lamb make thee? The second-to-last stanza refers to Genesis and the story of creation there were six days of creation, on the seventh God took a rest He looked at his work and saw that it was good. The poem tells us that God was pleased with His making, but the poet/narrator wonders if

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