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Essay of Comparison between "The Tiger" and "The Lamb", poems by William Blake By N.J Lewendon "The Tiger" and "The Lamb" were poems by William Blake, a poet who lived in the 18th century. In this essay I am going to compare the two poems and examine links between them relating to rhymes, patterns and words used. Blake's background relates on the poems he wrote, and many of his works reflected his early home life. Blake in his childhood was an outcast, a loner, and didn't have many friends. His family believed very strongly in God and were extremely pious Christians but did not agree with the teachings of the church, so young William Blake often was made to think about God and his teachings during his studies. Because his parents were rebels against the Church of England, and most schools were affiliated with the Church in those days, Blake was made to find education somewhere else. He was educated from home by his parents, a practise not done much nowadays. Blake found he had a lot of free time to think about his many ideas, his poetry, life and the like, and also found that he had a very strong imagination. ...read more.


The Industrial Revolution affected him in a very different way because people were forced to work in very poor conditions, for not very much money, and as a pious man Blake believed in equality and a better life for all. If the reader so wishes to look at the structure of both of the poems one will be able to see that "The Tiger" is written in short verses and "The Lamb" written in longer verses. The rhythm of "The Tiger" feels and sounds like the rapid beating, much like the heart beating after running, possibly suggesting the reader is scared. The long slow verses in "The Lamb" reminds the poem's reader of the slower heart beat when one is calm, and relaxed. The fast beating, drumming rhythm pattern could also have been meant to be used to scare the person who is reading the poem, as it could possibly suggest the marching of the soldiers in the French Revolution, a thing which everyone in Blake's time was afraid and wary of. Coupled with the picture of Hell and the vengeful "Old Testament" God, it would really worry people in Blake's time because the tiger was a new creature then, only ...read more.


The next quotation shows this, "By the stream and over the mead" I think this is because a field with sheep and a stream only appears in dreams, particularly in Blake's time where many people would never have seen fields and streams with sheep in them as they all worked and lived in the huge industrial cities (yet another reference to Blake's Industrial Revolution troubles) and would not have the time or money to take a trip into the countryside. So it too is like a dream, and a fantasy, and it is also a sign of hope and peace, because in those days the industrial revolution was taking place and fields and open space would be disappearing. In its place would be smoggy factories, slum towns and waste tips. This imagery by Blake I find is very effective in also making us remember the conditions most people (but not Blake) had to live in back in those days. "The Lamb" is obviously a poem of questions - the main difference form "The Tiger" being that "The Lamb" provides the answers for the reader and the metaphorical lamb in the second verse, whilst the latter's questions remain unanswered. I personally feel that the poem is asking one main question that is "Did he who made the Lamb make thee?" ...read more.

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