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Blake claims that his songs show the two contrary states of the human soul. With this in mind examine the two poems “The Lamb” and “The Tyger” and consider how they relate to each other.

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Blake claims that his songs show the two contrary states of the human soul. With this in mind examine the two poems "The Lamb" and "The Tyger" and consider how they relate to each other. The Tyger and The Lamb go well together, because in them, Blake examines different, almost opposite or contradictory, ideas about the natural world, its creatures and their Creator In The Tyger Blake points to the contrast between these two animals: the tiger is fierce, active, predatory, while The Lamb is meek, vulnerable and harmless. In the first stanza Blake, as in The Tyger, asks questions, and these are again directed to the animal, although the reader has less difficulty guessing the answer, which the poet in any case gives in the second stanza. The picture of The Lamb's feeding "by the stream and o'er the mead" is a beautiful one, which suggests God's kindness in creation. ...read more.

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Blake's' concept of the two contrary states of the human soul was that "innocence (being free from harm) can only exist in childhood if there is an adult community which is innocent enough to nurture it. Experience needs to be a reality that does not resort to exploitation and oppression of the disempowered many by a despotic few. Experience therefore has to include Innocence." "The Lamb" from "Songs of Innocence" is a very symbolic poem. The lamb in the poem can symbolise innocence, serenity, a child, Jesus, or sacrifice. The poem gives credit to God for making such a beautiful being as the lamb. "The Tyger," is a companion poem from the "Songs of Experience" as it has a contrasting perspective towards human life. The tyger could be compared to an "experienced" human. The tyger is described as an animal that must kill on a daily basis to survive. ...read more.

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"The Tyger" is about having your reason overwhelmed at once by the beauty and the horror of the natural world. "When the stars threw down their spears / and watered heaven with their tears". I perceived the two poems as a narrative of the attitudes and experiences that occur within a lifetime. "The Lamb" showing the childhood experiences and "The Tyger" reflecting those of the adult part of life. "Innocence" and "Experience" are, for Blake, two complementary but also conflicting states of the human soul, and states within all of Creation: neither is "better" than the other, and both are necessary to the other. This is the same within the two poems, neither is more impressive than the other - they are both as awe-inspiring in their own right and one would not be as effective without the other. ?? ?? ?? ?? Amy Gallacher ...read more.

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