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How representative are these poems of Blake's other work in 'Songs of Innocence' and 'Songs of Experience'?

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Daniel O'Neill 14 March William Blake Essay How representative are these poems of Blake's other work in 'Songs of Innocence' and 'Songs of Experience'? This essay is an analysis examining the comparisons and contrasts of Blake's poems, 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger'. This will also include the representation and portrayal of 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger'; and the imagery, structure and form used by Blake in order to create effects. In the late 18th Century, the world was changing fast, as the French Revolution had just taken place. William Blake, born in 1757, was a budding artist, an engraver and a poet. After briefly studying Art at the Royal Academy, he obtained an apprenticeship with a famous engraver. After the American Revolution took place, he married Catherine Boucher. His marriage shows that after marring Catherine Boucher, his confidence grew, therefore, his engraving skills were much more finely tuned than his art. His change of profession from engraver to artist produced the 'Songs of Innocence' and the 'Songs of Experience'. ...read more.


This is because the Tyger is often associated with majesty, but also evil and destruction. "Dare it's deadly terrors grasp?" This shows that the poem is written as though the Tyger is awesome enough to intimidate and that the perimeters are not large enough to encase it. The Tyger is traditionally associated with the devil, as apposed to pastoral imagery. "In what furnace was thy brain?" This association with the devil shows the reinforcement of the contrasts within the extremes of nature. Also, that the creator of the Tyger must embody both. A blacksmith is used to metaphorically represent the creator. "What the hammer? What the chain?" This signifies that the Tyger is strong like metal, which is moulded by a blacksmith. However, in the Lamb, there is an association with the continuation of sense that the creator and the creature are all of one ethos, which is why there is child sentiment in the lamb. The stars are personified as emotionally representing the Tyger. "When the stars through down their spears." ...read more.


Repetition is used in the Lamb to, again, give the feeling of a child speaker. In addition, the simple and short vocabularies further this point. Alliteration is used in both poems on the first line, but also, in 'The Lamb', further into the poem "Little Lamb." The alliteration makes the poem more interesting and, again, uses simple vocabulary to describe the Lamb. In the alliteration in 'The Tyger', "Burning bright." The two long syllables in 'burning', followed by one short syllable in 'bright', makes the line explosive. In conclusion, 'The Lamb' has a religious based theme, which queries the existence of God in the first two lines. "Little Lamb who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee?" In 'The Tyger', it explores more of an experienced view of nature comparing the Tyger to be strong and fiery as the imagery of fires and furnaces shows this. The Tyger is contrasted to the Lamb because the Tyger is said to be the opposite or predator of the Lamb. This is shown using alliteration and metaphors. ...read more.

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