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William Blake Compare and Contrast'The Lamb and the Tyger'

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Compare and Contrast 'The Lamb and the Tyger' By William Blake How representative are these poems of Blake's other work in 'songs of innocence and experience' This essay will analyse, compare and contrast two poems by William Blake, called 'The Lamb' and 'the Tyger'. I will be looking at how Blake uses imagery, structure and form to create effects. I will then explore how representative the techniques used are of Blake's other work. Blake grew up in a working class background, he had no early education but he taught himself by reading books he had. Especially the Bible and Paradise Lost. Blake started writing through the Industrial revolution; it was a great time of upheaval and paranoia. Blake was not only a poet; he was also a artist. Throughout his life he earned money by having a job as an engraver. Although he wrote many poems they didn't receive much feedback until shortly before his death. In Blake's later poetry he attempted to create his own kind of Mythology. He rewrote the story of creation out of Genesis from the Bible; he also rewrote the entire history of humanity. During Blake's life he was known for being a big on the crazy side, he had irratic ideas and always pointed out what was wrong with the world as in his own view. As a child Blake saw visions, of angels and demonic creations which weren't meant to meet the human eye. 'The Lamb' appears to be about creation; it is very child like. ...read more.

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This is good imagery and helps the reader get a better imaginative view on the poem. Both poems take the form of conversations with the animal to which many questions are addressed (in 'The Lamb' Blake gives the answers. I think Blake decided to write the poem in the form of a story rather than a poem, but it still has a very interesting rhyme scheme which I will cover later. Both poems are structured in a different way to one another. For example in 'The Lamb' it's structured as a nursery rhyme, where as in 'The Tyger' it doesn't have a rhyme scheme but has more stanzas than 'The Lamb'. In 'The Lamb' there is a nursery rhyme scheme used its very child like because the boy/speaker questioning creation (The Lamb) is speaking in a very child like voice. It's structured to get you thinking about who is talking, is Jesus or the lamb? Or is the child speaking to the lamb. It has two stanzas in the first stanza (first half of the poem) the child is talking to the lamb, questioning the lamb. In the second stanza it is telling someone about the lamb. It is a neat simple rhyme scheme. This is how 'The Lamb' is structured. 'The Tyger' is not suitable for a nursery rhyme. It has more stanzas; 6 to be exact. Rather than asking the question and answering it like in 'The Lamb' - the poem repeats the same question to the reader. ...read more.

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The poem tries to create a happy imagery effect. It tries to show the happiness of the child's birth. 'Thou dost smile...' Once again this reflects the innocence of the poem. It's a positive view of the world, and the tone is very happy. Similar to 'The Lamb' since they both have good views on life, creation, and both create happy and peaceful imagery. In contrast 'Infant Sorrow' is a poem about a baby who has been born into a terrible, mistakable world. This is the opposite of sorrow - its Blake's view on being born into a bad world. It is a cynical view on child birth. Blake uses words like: 'Groaned' and 'Wept' To signify how the parents are feeling about the birth. The poem shows an experienced view of the world because Blake shows the two faults of the world. Sorrow uses powerful and very descriptive words to create the effect that Blake is trying to get across. In conclusion, the poems explore different views on innocence and experience. Blake tries to show two views on good and evil by writing poems. In the 17th Century his poems were very appealing. They showed 2 views on life which was very interesting back then. The 1764 collection was called "Songs of Innocence and of Experience Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul'. These poems are appealing but I think the most appealing ones are Innocence and Experience they are very important and can show one another a different view on life. I think Blake has done very well to express his own views on life through a poem. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tom Slinger 11AOB ...read more.

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