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Comparing and contrasting William Blake's "The Tyger" and "The Lamb".

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Compare and Contrast of Two Poems Ariel Rose In comparing and contrasting William Blake's "The Tyger" and "The Lamb," there are many different aspects to consider. The format and identifying voice are similar. On the other hand, the theme and tone are almost exact opposites. Theme, imagery, and tone are used to compare each poem. In "The Lamb," a man is asking the lamb if he knows who his creator is. In a deeper meaning, the lamb is the symbol for Christ. The speaker says, "He is called by thy name, for he calls himself a Lamb." This is a reference to God and him creating the Lamb, or Christ. The speaker refers to the Lamb as being Christ when he says, "Gave thee such a tender voice, Making all the vales rejoice?" ...read more.

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Satan is immortal, as the tyger is, and he is also very fearful. The imagery in each poem is different. For "The Lamb," the imagery is sweet and serene because the speaker describes nice things like, "such a tender voice" and "Softest clothing, wooly, bright." On the other hand, the imagery of "The Tyger" is much darker. There is no sweetness when the speaker says things like, "In what distant deep or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes?" There isn't a lot of imagery in these two poems, but there is enough for the speaker to get the tone across to the reader. The tone comes from the speaker in both poems. He isn't anyone special or a symbol for anything, but he is there to talk about what is important. ...read more.

Conclusion

The structures of these two poems are almost the same. Both start out with a question, and continue with the same sort of questions throughout the poem. Each poem follows the rhyme scheme aabbccdd... However, in "The Tyger," the first paragraph repeats itself at the end, and it doesn't in "The Lamb" There are 5 stanzas in "The Tyger" with two rhyming couplets per stanza. But "The Lamb" has two stanzas with 5 rhyming couplets in each. Each poem is unique in its own way, but they do share some similar characteristics like how they both start with questions and the tone comes from the questions of the speaker. However, the tones are different in more ways from the actual tone of the poems, which are almost complete opposites, to the format of them. ...read more.

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