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'THE TYGER' AND 'THE LAMB' BY WILLIAM BLAKE I. INTRODUCTION William Blake is one of the greatest poets of the Romantic Age. He lived in the 18th century during the Industrial Revolution so it is possible to see the effects of the Revolution in his poems. Since Blake had extremely religious parents, the poems he had written could be related to the Bible. Blake compiled his poems which he himself painted in the 'Songs of Innocence' and later in the 'Songs of Experience'. Because these two poetry books were complements of each other, they dealt with the same subject from different points of view. The poems in the 'Songs of Innocence' are about the redemptive God of the New Testament, like Jesus. The poems in the 'Songs of Experience' are about God who brought all the evil and suffering to the world'. These two books were later joined in one book called the 'Songs of Innocence and Experience'. At the beginning of the book Blake pointed out that he wanted to show his view of contrary states of the soul. In this research paper, I am going to try to compare the two poems 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger' taken from ...read more.


This poem does not explain why there is evil or suffering in the world. However, as written before, it has the positive aspects of traditional Christian belief. (http://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/blake/section1.html) B. Analysis of the Poem 1. Summary: Another poem written by William Blake is 'The Tyger' from the 'Songs of Experience'. It is the contrasting poem to 'The Lamb''. In the poem 'The Tyger' God is described as a blacksmith. He is strong, dark and evil. This can be understood from the following verse: 'What the hammer? What the chain? ' (http://www.planetpapers.com/Assets/2836.php) 2. Form: The poem 'The Tyger' has six quatrains in rhymed couplets. It has a regular and rhythmic meter. All the questions asked in the poem has one central idea. (www.universalteacher.org.uk/poetry/blake.htm) 3. Commentary: Blake believes that nature should contain a reflection of its creator. The Tyger is beautiful but terrifying in terms of violence. What kind of God would and could create such a horrible animal? What does it mean to live in a world where a creature has both beauty and horror? Who could and would create such a creature as the tiger? ...read more.


(www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tyger) Both poems use simple rhymes and regular meter. 'The Tyger' is written in quatrains and 'The Lamb' in longer verses. Although there are innocent things in the world, those who are experienced with life know that there are frightening things also. Here, the symmetry might be that of 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger', innocence and experience. III. CONCLUSION In conclusion, the book the 'Songs of Experience' was written as a response to the 'Songs of Innocence'. Blake wrote these two sets of poems to show the contrary states of the human soul, the existence of the good and the evil in ourselves. He paired poems in these two books by giving them the same title. 'The Lamb' is the corresponding poem to "The Tyger". "The Lamb" is a look at childish innocence and "The Tyger" refers to the innocent child who is growing up. These poems complement each other and they produce a better effect than each of them would independently. "Both poems present views of the world filtered through the eyes and mind of a child". (Literature, The English Tradition, P.606) In other words, these two poems summarizes Blake's whole point: the relationship of knowledge - including the knowledge of evil - to lamblike innocence. (http://www.ruthpadel.com/pages/Tigers_in_Western.htm) ...read more.

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