Sound Essay

442 WordsAug 14, 20152 Pages
Upon reading William Blake’s poetry, I immediately felt as if I was envisioning the illustration he painted for his audience. He was commonly misunderstood throughout his career because he based his work in poetry on his theatrical imagination. However, I admire William’s character and his use of sound devices in poetry, which were fused carefully and successfully, into a famous poem he wrote, named “The Tyger.” When reading his poem aloud, I noted that there was an “AABB” arrangement of the words within the couplets, this was a simple literary device allowed the last syllable in each line to be stressed. The rhythmic pattern and beat of the poem aids in the sophisticated sound of the entire poem, when read aloud. Also, I was appreciative of the use of alliteration the first two stanzas, because it seemed like an illusion to me when focusing on the letters alone. Some examples of alliteration were found in line 1, 5 and 7 were: “burning, bright,” “distant, deeps,” and “what, wings.” Alliteration in these stanzas allowed William to link words next to each other, which were in the same line. Blake’s superb use of consonance was pleasant to read, and made me consider incorporating more auditory devices such as consonance, into poetry that I write. He engaged the use of consonance in the rhyming couplets effectively. For example, in stanza three “heart, art,” and “beat, feet” all demonstrated the rhythmic effect of consonance placed correctly. Blake also uses repetition for purposes such as drawing attention to certain lines in the poem, because of the meaning of the words, which also contributes greatly to the flow of the poem regarding the rhyming pattern. When reading the poem what stood out the uttermost, was the repetition of the first stanza at the end of the poem. The sixth stanza happened to be a duplicate of the first one, however, one of the words were

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