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Read this poem by William Blake carefully for he has used either metaphor, personification or symbolism in almost every line.

Read this poem by William Blake carefully for he has used either metaphor, personification or symbolism in almost every line.

To The Evening Star by William Blake

  1. Thou fair-hair'd angel of the evening
  2. Now, whilst the sun rests on the mountains, light
  3. Thy bright torch of love; thy radiant crown
  4. Put on, and smile upon our evening bed!
  5. Smile on our loves, and, while thou drawest the
  6. Blue curtains of the sky, scatter thy silver dew
  7. On every flower that shuts its sweet eyes
  8. In timely sleep. Let the west wind sleep on
  9. The lake; speak silence with thy glimmering eyes
  10. And wash the dusk with silver. Soon, full soon,
  11. Dost thou withdraw; then the wolf rages wide,
  12. And then the lion glares through the dun forest;
  13. The fleeces of our flocks are cover'd with
  14. Thy sacred dew: protect them with thine influence!

Select TWO and explain exactly what is being compared and how the poetic device functions in the context of the poem. For example

"Angel of the evening" is a metaphor. Blake is comparing the evening star to an angel because it shines brightly in the sky and, he infers, it takes a compassionate interest, as an angel would, in the people on the earth below.

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