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You may be watching this podcast because you enjoy analysing thought provoking poetry If so I am your analyst You may be watching this podcast because you are studying poetry in English and are looking for a way to stay afloat in the sea of symbolism and iambic pentameter If so I am your life raft You may be surfing aimlessly between channels searching for something to watch until the Graham Norton Show comes on If so I am your reason to put the remote down No matter what your motivation I welcome you to Poetry for Panicked Peers Part 1 William Blake Im Alex your poetic peer and I shake you warmly by the hand Tonight we take a brief but exciting journey through the poetry of William Blake focussing on some of his more romantic resonant and realistic works Did you see what I did there The alliteration This is a clever poetic technique and is also effectively used in Blakes poetry Blake employs several poetic techniques in order to explore love and its implications His works pose questions that remain relevant to us as teenagers in 2011 and encourage us to challenge our own perceptions When I said that Blakes poetry is relevant to us as teenagers you probably A rolled your eyes B shook your head C let out a snort of derision or D performed a combination of the above How could a poem written over 200 years ago possibly relate to your life But its true Lets take a look at The Clod and the Pebble I found this poem quite amusing because I saw the little clod of clay and the pebble of the brook as two of my friends quarrelling about what love is and does The rough dry clod of clay which is fixed in place would most definitely have a contrasting opinion to that of the smooth wet pebble tumbling through the waters of a
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