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The Tyger" and "The Lamb" are often 2 poems paired together and I think that was Blakes intention,

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William Blake William Blake is referred to as many things, including poet, engraver, painter and mystic, but he is probably most famous for his poetry. Blake began writing the poems below in about 1790 whilst living in Lambeth, London. His poetry has a wide range of styles but his most famous poems are those from "Songs of Innocence" and Song of Experience". The two sets of poems are designed to show different states or ways of seeing. They are Blake's way of representing the different ways in which people actually experience the world. In "Songs of Innocence" the language is simple and repetitive, the lines are kept short and the rhymes are obvious. A childlike vision is conveyed through Blake's clever use of voices with their varying perspectives and questions. The poems reveal particular states of being and ways of seeing which the author is not saying are the whole truth. The poems have a joyful quality but they contain a subtle awareness of sorrow. "Songs of Experience" contrasts strongly with the softness of "Songs of Innocence". These poems show how horrible and cruel the world really is under the surface of what we see. ...read more.


" seize the fire" , " twist the sinews" , " hammer" , " chain" , " furnace" , " anvil" . Blake once used to be an engraver so that might have been his inspiration. "The Lamb" begins with the question, "Little Lamb, who made thee?" The first stanza is rural and descriptive, while the second focuses on abstract spiritual matters. The speaker, a child, asks the lamb about its origins: how it came into being, how it acquired its particular manner of feeding, its "clothing" of wool, its "tender voice." In the next stanza, the speaker attempts a hard answer to his own question: the lamb was made by one who "calls himself a Lamb," one who resembles in his gentleness both the child and the lamb. The poem ends with the child giving a blessing to the lamb. The lamb is used to symbolize Jesus. The traditional image of Jesus as a lamb presents the Christian values of gentleness, meekness, and peace. The next poem "London" is Blakes horrid perception of urban life. He was angry about the suffering of infants,chimney sweeps,soldiers and young prostitutes which shows In this poem. The voice in "London" is that of someone wandering through the streets of London who is commenting on what he sees. ...read more.


He is showing some experience of the morals of the adult world, and of church as one of society's major flawed institutions, he criticizes the church and imagines it that it should be a place of pure joy. It is possible that Blake intended that he was the voice of the poem. Sarcasm and irony are seen throughout the poem. There are many harsh words such as "cold" used to describe the church as it is but when he describes what he wants it to be the feeling of the poem becomes warmer, like that of a poem in Song of Innocence. From these poems I believed that what Blake means by "Innocence" is that of a simple life where you don't know about the troubles around you and blissfully go along with life as it hits you. And from this, "Experience" is what life is really life, it concentrates on the negative sides of things and shows that there is always an improvement to be made. I personally find Blakes rather intriguing. At first when you look at one of two poems it is hard to understand the ideas that blake puts forward but after many poem analyses it becomes clear of the difference between Innocence and Experience. Blake must have been a very conscious man. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tim Hall Mrs Lavender 10wt ...read more.

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