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Do the poems "The Tyger" and "The Lamb" By William Blake utilize end stop, enjambment,...

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Posted May 21, 2013 at 4:31 AM via web

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Do the poems "The Tyger" and "The Lamb" By William Blake utilize end stop, enjambment, or both, and how  does that affect the sound of the poem?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM (Answer #1)

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Both poems use limited enjambmet and contain mostly end-stopping.

Enjambment is when the poet continues the poem instead of ending it on a line or with a period.  End stop is like it sounds, and means the line ends at the end.

The first two lines of “The Tyger” are examples of enjambment and end stop.  The first line uses enjambment, and the second line uses end stop.

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright 
In the forests of the night, 

You can see that there are several examples of punctuation at the end of the line, which is end stopping.  Enjambment is used in the first line of the second stanza too.

In “The Lamb” the only time enjambment is used is in the beginning and end of the first stanza.

Little Lamb who made thee 

         Dost thou know who made thee 

Gave thee life & bid thee feed. 

The two poems are paired.  They are often seen as opposites.  One describes the power of nature, and the other the docility.  The two poems have similar patterns, especially in terms of enjambment and end stop.

 

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