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Comparisonof “The Tyger” & “The Lamb”  By, William Blake.

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Comparison of "The Tyger" & "The Lamb" By, William Blake This essay will analyze, compare, and contrast two poems written by William Blake, "The Lamb" and "The Tyger". I will be looking for how Blake uses vivid imagery, clear structures, and deliberate form to create effects. I will then go on to explore each of these poems to see how representative the techniques are used of Blake's other work and in both of these selections. Born in London on November 28th, 1757, William Blake was the first of the greatest romantic poets. At the age of twelve, Blake started to write poems and was out of high school as soon as soon as he could read and write properly. It was the time of the Industrial Revolution (eighteenth century) and Blake being a Religious man, felt very insulted by the fact that people were building machines and were not relying on God's creations. He felt that it was God's job to create and humans to serve him. He explained why he filled his poems with religious visions rather than with subjects of everyday life. "I do not behold the outward creation... it is a hindrance and not action." This means that he believes that what humans are doing is wrong and they should let God create what he wants to. ...read more.


What the anvil? What dread grasp Dare its deadly terrors clasp?" In "The Lamb" William Blake has used only five rhetorical questions and all of them are in the first verse. William Blake has written these poems in old English. I think this is because he tried to write this poem as a prayer, and prayers are usually written in old English. In this poem Blake has described 'the tyger' as the Devil and 'the lamb' as Jesus Christ. "When the stars threw down their spears, And water'd heaven with their tears, Did he smile his work to see? Did he who made the Lamb make Thee?" & "For he calls himself a Lamb. He is meek, and he is mild; He became a little child." The poem "The Tyger" belongs to a collection of poems which have been published in an anthology called "The Songs of Experience" and the poem "The Lamb" is published in a book called "The Songs of Innocence". "The Songs of Innocence" depicts life as it seems to innocent children whereas "The Songs of Experience" portrays a mature person's realization of pain and terror in the universe. Another poem that William Blake wrote is called "The Chimney-Sweeper". ...read more.


Then naked and white, all their bags left behind, They rise upon clouds, and sport in the wind: And the angel told Tom, if he'd be a good boy, He'd have God for his father, and never want joy. And so Tom awoke, and we rose in the dark, And got with our bags and our brushes to work. Though the morning was cold, Tom was happy and warm: So, if all do their duty, they need not fear harm. Conclusion: I conclude that the poem depicts what William Blake thinks of each animal or human. Since Blake was a religious person, he usually wrote about religious visions rather than subjects of everyday life and in the three poems, "The Tyger", "The Lamb" and "The Chimney-Sweeper" Blake describes his point of view towards these living objects in a religious way. In "The Tyger" William Blake shows how cruel the devil is, in "the Lamb" he shows how cute and innocent a lamb is and he compares 'the lamb' with Jesus Christ because Jesus Christ was an honest and good person who followed his religion truthfully. However in the "The Chimney-Sweeper" Blake hasn't really compared Tom Dacre with anything, but in an indirect way Tom is portrayed as a shining angel because as he has done good deeds and angels do good deeds and that is why they shine. ...read more.

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