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A Detailed Comparison Of The Poems 'The Tyger' and 'The Lamb' Discuss How Both Poems Have Worked As An Effective Introduction To Blake's 'Songs of Innocence' And 'Experience'

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A Detailed Comparison Of The Poems 'The Tyger' and 'The Lamb' Discuss How Both Poems Have Worked As An Effective Introduction To Blake's 'Songs of Innocence' And 'Experience'. In William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience we are confronted with a powerful juxtaposition of nature. The innocuous 'lamb' and the ferocious 'Tyger' are designed to be interpreted in comparison with each other. Both creatures innovatively define childhood, they provide a contrast between youthful innocence and the experience of age contaminating it. 'The Lamb' is simplistic in vocabulary and style, Blake uses childish repetitions nostalgic of children's nursery rhymes. "Little Lamb I'll tell thee, Little Lamb I'll tell thee:" This childish concept is significant as the reader is informed in the second stanza that the voice of the poem is of a child: 'I a child & thou a lamb,' The reader establishes a genuine affection for the innocence that the Lamb has which continues to manifest throughout the poem however, the Lamb is later on compared to a Christ or God-like figure in addition to a child: "He is called by thy name, For he calls himself a Lamb; He is meek & he is mild, He became a little child..." ...read more.

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The fact that there are no answers in 'The Tyger' adheres to the complexity of adult life differentiating from 'The Lamb' where answers are provided. The Tyger is a creature both cruel and awe-inspiring to humans, it is this duplicity that makes the poem ambiguous: 'What immortal hand or eye,/ Could frame thy fearful symmetry?' It is unclear whether the phrase is stating the fact that no other creator could have produced such an awesome creation such as the Tyger. Also it raises the issue surrounding the identity of our creator as God's creations are supposed to be made in his image, thus questioning whether it is God responsible for creating an animal of such potential wrath. Blake daringly questions God's nature as all-powerful and kind which was the common view held in the Romantic period. Clearly Blake found it a personal struggle to comprehend why the majority thought God to be the stereotypical, perfect sole creator of the Earth. In combining the two words 'fearful' and 'symmetry' proves controversial, symmetry suggests the precision of the 'Tyger's' structure, enabling the animal to be an effective predator. Complete perfection can be interpreted as threatening which is why 'symmetry' is considered 'fearful.' ...read more.

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Blake's decision to use poetic devices such as these further develops his question about the nature of God. Images of 'fire,' 'hammer,' 'furnaces,' 'chain,' 'anvil,' and 'spears' portray a scene more infernal than heavenly which introduces the reader to Blake's theme of condemnation towards the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution was not as positive and idealistic as was expected during Blake's childhood. Perhaps this reflects the creation of the 'Tyger,' however Blake never suggests that the Tiger should not have been created. This is significant because Blake implies that although both creatures are polar opposites in nature, one is innocent and vulnerable and the other ferocious and volatile they both exist in the human spirit. Both animals are creations of God and ultimately both natures exist in God. Blake's belief that Good and Evil are both parts of God, which is essential for balance in the world, allowing there to be free will for people to make decisions. Thus, neither the seemingly innocent 'Lamb' is all Good, nor is the 'Tyger 'all Bad. Different circumstances call people to use their attributes in different ways. For instance it would be better to have the strength, and predatory quality presented in the 'Tyger' to survive when faced with confrontation rather than the na�ve vulnerability of a docile lamb. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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