Waht are some sound affects in William Blake's poem "The Tyger" from Songs Of Experience?  

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The most prominent sound device employed as a figure of speech sound scheme is that of repetition in Blake's poem "The Tyger" from Songs of Experience (1794).  There is the stanzaic repetition of stanzas one and six. There is the repetition of what-questions in stanzas one through four that give way to when- and did-questions in stanza five before returning to the final repetition in stanza six of the beginning what-question from stanza one.

Blake also employs the repetition of assonance and consonance. Stanza one illustrated use of assonance (the repetition of vowel sounds) in the repetition of the long "i" sound (Tyger, bright, night, thy, eye). More frequent than assonance is Blake's use of consonance (the repetition of consonant sounds). The first stanza repeats "t" for three lines and the "f" in the final line of the 6 stanza quatrain in an aabb rhyme scheme that is varied in stanzas one and six with an aaab rhyme. Stanza two, as another example, repeats "d" while stanza three combines the consonance of "t" and "d" and adds "s."