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Night By: William Blake
Transcript of Night By: William Blake
throughout. Tone and speaker both change as well as the poem develops Summary Beginning of poem takes place in nature as the sun is
setting and all of the animals are preparing for night. This section uses multiple similes as night is entering and
daytime is leaving. Next the speaker introduces angels as watchers over
the animals during the night. Last there is a transition of a speaker to a lion as the lion
speaks for the rest of the poem. Continued The main aspect of this poem goes along with the poetry style of William which usually involves biblical terms and references to angels. Poetic Devices Simile "The moon,like a flower,
In heavens high bower With
sits and smiles at the night" Compares the moon to a flower using the word "like" Poetic devices The lion is compares to gold twice in the poem.. "And there the lion's ruddy eyes
shall flow with tears of gold" Metaphor "My bright mane forever shall shine like gold" Simile "The sun descending in the west,
the evening star does shine;
the birds are silent in their nest
and I must seek for mine
The moon like a flower, in heavens high bower
with silent delight
sits and smiles on the night" This could also be a form of diction in which the gold
makes the lion seem more prestigious. Tone/Speaker The speaker of the poem at the beginning is unknown or maybe a narrator.
In the 6th stanza the lion becomes the speaker and speaks about his
role in the night. The tone of this poem is overall neutral. The poem is more figurative and descriptive in nature than emotional. Imagery The sun descending in the west,
The evening star does shine;
The birds are silent in their nest,
And I must seek for mine.
The moon, like a flower,
In heaven's high bower,
With silent delight
Sits and smiles on the night.
Farewell, green fields and happy groves,
Where flocks have took delight.
Where lambs have nibbled, silent moves
The feet of angels bright;
Unseen they pour blessing,
And joy without ceasing,
On each bud and blossom,
And each sleeping bosom.
They look in every thoughtless nest,
Where birds are covered warm;
They visit caves of every beast,
To keep them all from harm.
If they see any weeping
That should have been sleeping,
They pour sleep on their head,
And sit down by their bed. When wolves and tigers howl for prey,
They pitying stand and weep;
Seeking to drive their thirst away,
And keep them from the sheep.
But if they rush dreadful,
The angels, most heedful,
Receive each mild spirit,
New worlds to inherit.
And there the lion's ruddy eyes
Shall flow with tears of gold,
And pitying the tender cries,
And walking round the fold,
Saying, 'Wrath, by His meekness,
And, by His health, sickness
Is driven away
From our immortal day.
'And now beside thee, bleating lamb,
I can lie down and sleep;
Or think on Him who bore thy name,
Graze after thee and weep.
For, washed in life's river,
My bright mane for ever
Shall shine like the gold
As I guard o'er the fold.' Imagery is used throughout the entire poem, Blake uses this imagery to make the reader picture the night and the transition from day to night. "The sun descending in the west,
The evening star does shine" Imagery AB-AB-AA-BB rhyme scheme.