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To the Evening Star

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Tomi Anania

on 24 April 2016

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Transcript of To the Evening Star

THOU fair-hair'd angel of the evening,
Now, whilst the sun rests on the mountains, light
Thy bright torch of love; thy radiant crown
Put on, and smile upon our evening bed!
Smile on our loves, and while thou drawest the
Blue curtains of the sky, scatter thy silver dew
On every flower that shuts its sweet eyes
In timely sleep. Let thy west wind sleep on
The lake; speak silence with thy glimmering eyes,
And wash the dusk with silver. Soon, full soon,
Dost thou withdraw; then the wolf rages wide,
And then the lion glares through the dun forest:
The fleeces of our flocks are cover'd with
Thy sacred dew: protect them with thine influence
Poem Ananlysis
Literary devices
Along the poem there many literary devices to be found...
Literary devices
William Blake
William Blake is highly regarded today for his expressiveness and creativity, as well as the philosophical and mystical undercurrents that reside within his work. His work has been characterized as part of the Romantic movement, or even "Pre-Romantic", for its largely having appeared in the 18th century.

by William Blake
To the Evening Star
Born in 1757 in London, England, William Blake began writing at an early age and claimed to have had his first vision, of a tree full of angels, at age 10. He studied engraving and grew to love Gothic art, which he incorporated into his own unique works. A misunderstood poet, artist and visionary throughout much of his life, Blake found admirers late in life and has been vastly influential since his death in 1827.
“fair-haired Angel of the Evening”: This quotation gives an identity to the star (Venus) as an angel.
“Put on, and smile upon our evening bed!”: Here the author is welcoming her as a figure of protection.
“On every flower that shuts its sweet eyes”: Flowers don’t have eyes, so here we can show he personifies the flowers by given them eyes to “shut”.
“The lake; speak silence with thy Glimmering eyes”: Here we can see an example of personification explaining how a nonhuman (Lake) is described as a real human by saying “with thy glimmering eyes”
“While thou drawest the blue curtains of the sky”
: It depicts the sky as if it were blue curtaims. Using the idea of nature we can see an element of nature tipicly an element of Romanticism.
Oxymoron and Symbolism
“Speak silence”:
The author is using two opposing concepts to describe silence.
“Then the wolf rages wide”
: The wolf represents the night
“And the lion glares”:
The lion represents the morning

“The fleeces of our flocks”:
Flocks are a metaphor of innocent people.
: Romanticism was a style and movement of art, music and literature in which feeling, imagination and a return of nature were more important than reason, order and intellectual ideas.
This poem possesses many elements which are typically related to the Romantic movement, to which William Blake was part of.

In this poem there are lots of elements of nature such as the sun, mountains, sky, lake, flowers, wolf and lions
In addition, feelings are mentioned. This is the case of love, silence and protection.
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