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'Compare and contrast the views of creation presented in 'The Lamb' and 'The Tiger''.

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Poetry Analysis - 'Compare and contrast the views of creation presented in 'The Lamb' and 'The Tiger''. William Blake 1757 - 1827 In this 1000 word essay, I will be comparing and contrasting the views of creation presented in 'The Lamb' and 'The Tiger'. Both poems written by William Blake form a direct contrast to each other. 'The lamb' was written in 1789 and 'The Tiger' was produced 5 years later in 1794. I will begin my essay with 'The Lamb', and follow it with 'The Tiger' and then my conclusion. 'The Lamb' is taken from 'Songs of Innocence', and 'The Tiger' is taken from 'Songs of Experience'. The title of this poem 'The Tiger' shows force and power before you even begin reading. The poem is the most famous by the romantic poet, William Blake, and has 24 lines set out as 6 stanzas and a rhyme scheme of AA, BB. ...read more.

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The next verse in line 10 where it says 'twist the sinews' is saying that the tiger should be or is twisted. All the other words in the sustained metaphor are hammer, chain, furnace and grasp are all like the metaphor of God being a blacksmith. By the fourth stanza the rhythm is increased when there is five questions in one verse compared to one question in the first verse of the poem. William Blake creates an atmosphere of questions in 'The Tiger' because of the fourteen questions asked. 'The Lamb' was written before 'The Tiger' and is the shortest of the two. William Blake writes the poem as if it was childlike, so much so, that it seems like a child wrote it. The rhyme scheme of this poem is AABB, just like 'The Tiger'. Through the first verse of 'The Lamb', there are many rhyming couplets, for example: 'feed' and 'mead', 'delight' and 'bright', and 'voice' and 'rejoice'. ...read more.

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In line 6 the quote 'softest, clothing, wooly, bright. The softness of its clothing (wool) shows us the purity of its life. Line seven 'gave thee such a tender voice' shows us that the lamb is full of joyfulness as it leaps around in its innocent life. Once we get to the second stanza, Blake starts to compare it to the lamb of God. The second verse has many more rhyming couplets, such as 'mild' and 'child' and 'name' and 'lamb'. My conclusion of William Blake's 'The Tiger' and 'The Lamb' is that the poems both represent the creation of God, but different sides of his creation. I think that my favorite poem is 'The Tiger', because it is more descriptive and has more visual imagery than 'The Lamb. Also, 'The Lamb' seems to be for small children rather than for 14 year olds. 'The Lamb' is quite a well written poem, but when it comes head to head with 'The Tiger', it loses! Shaun May 10C January 12, 2003 ...read more.

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