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Both Blakes poem The Schoolboy and Byrons extract from Don Juan explore the theme of education and the consequences of this type of infringement upon the child who is receiving the education However they way that both poets communicate their views is very distinct In Blakes The Schoolboy we are encouraged to feel pity and sorrow for the child that cannot play whereas in Byrons Don Juan extract we see a satirical viewpoint from the narrators perspective Both poets appear to be disillusioned with the type of education that was offered at the time and felt that they were confined within the social structure In Blake we see a general dislike of all education whereas Byron appears to reject only the highly moral type of education Blakes The Schoolboy is written in a ballad form which compresses the lesson within the poem The ballad form is similar to that of a hymn which is appropriate to the lessons a child has to endure and emphasises the theme of innocence Blake writes the ballad in the first person narrative and assumes the persona of the child who despite his objections is forced to go to school when he would rather be enjoying the natural world I love to rise in a summer morn 8230 But to go to school in a summer morn- Oh it drives all joy away The poem constitutes six stanzas each of five lines He consistently follows a simple rhyme scheme of ABABB which adds to the innocence he is trying to recreate The lucidity of the scheme and the rhyming pattern similar to that of a childs nursery rhyme allows us to feel the child speaker is really communicating with us This serves to validate his feelings as an individual with distinct thoughts and feelings that are just as substantial as an adults opinions The simplicity of the form in itself also seems like an aversion
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