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Compare and contrast The Lamb and The Tiger by William Blake. How does the poet convey his ideas of the world? Answer with close reference to both poems.

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William Blake Compare and contrast The Lamb and The Tiger by William Blake. How does the poet convey his ideas of the world? Answer with close reference to both poems. William Blake, 1757-1827, was an English poet and artist. Amongst his books are 'Songs of Innocence' and 'Songs of Experience'. The poet conveys his feelings in various ways, he conveys his ideas of the world through his descriptive language. The Lamb is an extract form Songs of Innocence, this poem was written when he was twenty two, young and innocent, full of life. The Tyger is an extract from Songs of Experience, he wrote this poem three year later, when he was twenty five. Both poems contradict each other to a certain extent. I shall compare and contrast the two poems and discuss how the Blake conveys his ideas of the world. The title of the poem, 'The Lamb,' symbolises innocence. A lamb is innocent and pure, a symbol of peace and goodness. The question arises that 'The Lamb', is referring to Christ, Christ is referred to a Lamb in the bible. ...read more.

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Over here, Blake is again contemplating over the creator of the tiger, in both poems, he has not forgotten to mention or to indicate the wonders of god's creation, be it evil or be it innocent. Blake discusses the physical and the mental being of both animals within his poems. In The Lamb, Blake describes a lambs attire as; 'Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest clothing of delight...' The wording is calm and mellow, hence allows the reader to feel at ease and tranquillity. Also, clothing is a necessity in life, a protection, hence Blake could be referring to the lamb as a being that is protected and safe. However in the poem 'The Tyger', Blake has given a tense atmosphere, 'And what shoulder, & what art, Could twist the sinews of thy heart?' Blake has used strong wording, and again implemented the use of rhetorical questions throughout the poem. Blake has created the imagery and his feelings of the terrifying beast. Within the first poem, The Lamb, the scenery can be sensed; 'By the stream & o'er the mead...' ...read more.

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On the contrary, Blake questions the Tyger about its creator, 'Did he who made the Lamb make thee?' He is comparing the Lamb with the Tyger, a ferocious beast and a meek and mild animal; do they both have the same creator? Blake could be referring to the world, its good and evil, the anger and hatred of humanity. However he does not wish or pray for the tiger, instead he concludes his poem by saying, 'Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?' he has used strong wording of dislike and fear. He has repeated the first and last stanza, except on the last line, he uses stronger wording, 'dare', it is as though the existence of the Tyger is a mistake, a wrong doing. With close reference to the poems, it is evident that Blake has conveyed his ideas of the world very differently in both poems, The Lamb and The Tyger. The lamb is a peaceful poem, in which life is at ease. However, The Tyger is a poem in which evil and hatred is discussed. Blake has successfully conveyed his feeling with the aid of anthropomorphism. Azreen 20th April 2006 1 ...read more.

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