Rosemary Dobson's 'The TigerAndYoung Girl At A Window'

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The process of discovery refers to the perception created upon experiencing the unfamiliar and redefining what is familiar. Discovery can be achieved through unexpected means or deliberate expeditionary, whether it be tangible or a fragment of our thoughts/imagination/emotions. Poems ‘The Tiger’ and ‘Young Girl At A Window’ by Rosemary Dobson and poem ‘Invictus’ by William Ernest Henley thoroughly explore this concept via their ideology of human nature and its effect on discovery. Rosemary Dobson’s The Tiger delicately examines the notion of discovery as a medium of freedom, relating back to her own mental captivity similar to a tiger in a cage. The extended metaphor allows careful analysis of the sub-lying plot describing a poet's sense of discovery through their imagination. Through Dobson’s use of emotive language in “smouldering with rage,” the audience can better understand the poet’s deeply felt emotion, being unable to write to her heart’s content. “Behind the black-barred page” further accentuates, assisted by the alliteration, the statement's metaphoric value of remaining captive under frustration and oppression, destroying any belief or hope of achieving freedom to discover. Additionally, the hyperbole in the celestial frame of “He rakes the sky and stars...and is not done,” emphasises the search and will to discover, explaining that Dobson will do anything for her freedom, in order to achieve self gratification. The extended metaphor is resolved in the final

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