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For my analysis I chose to compare the poems of Emily Dickinson and William Blake Dickinsons poem is entitled My Life had stood-a Loaded Gun and Blakes poem is entitled The Tyger In both poems nature plays an important part and it is obvious to the reader that both Dickinson and Blake feel a fondness yet a slight fear towards nature In My Life had stood-a Loaded Gun Dickinson gives the reader the feeling that nature is her source of guidance and inspiration Like Blake Dickinson believed that people needed to understand nature before they could begin to comprehend humanity because humanity was just a part of nature Unlike many others she felt that nature was beautiful and must be understood Microsoft Encarta The poems chosen for this analysis deal with nature on multiple levels of tone and emotion Both poems approach the topic with a distinct sense of intimacy and comfort but express it in a dark and somber manner Emily Dickinsons poem My Life had stood-a Loaded Gun was published in 1929 William Blakes poem The Tyger is believed to have been written between 1790 and 1792 Both poems have common elements yet it is apparent that about 140 years separate them An initial distinction can be made between the two poems sense of perspective The speaker in Dickinsons poem is noticeably within the main action of the poeman insider The title makes that clear My Life had stood-a Loaded Gun The first line in Blakes poem however makes it clear that the speaker is somehow an outside element of what is being described in the poem- an observer This is in distinct contrast to Dickinsons poem in that the reader and speaker create through Blakes poem based on clues and speculation A similarity that is noticeable is in the tone of the two poems Dickinsons and Blakes poems are fairly
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