Anaysis Of William Blake's The Lamb, The Tyger, And Proverbs Of Hell

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William Blake, was born in 1757 and died in 1827, created the poems “The Lamb,” “The Tyger,” and Proverbs of Hell. Blake grew up in a poor environment. He studied to become an Engraver and a professional artist. His engraving took part in the Romanticism era. The Romanticism is a movement that developed during the 18th and early 19th century as a reaction against the Restoration and Enlightenment periods focuses on logic and reason. Blake’s poetry would focus on imagination. When Blake created his work, it gained very little attention. Blake’s artistic and poetic vision consists in his creations. Blake was against the Church of England because he thought the doctrines were being misused as a form of social control, it meant the people were taught to be passively obedient and accept oppression, poverty, and inequality. In Blake’s poems “The Lamb,” “The Tyger,” and Proverbs of Hell, he shows that good requires evil in order to exist through imagery animals and man. In Blake’s work “The Lamb,” he shows innocence through sheep and their nature. Blake describes sheep’s nature by saying that they “Feed/By the stream & o'er the mead/ have thee clothing of delight/ Softest clothing, wooly, bright” (Blake 4-6). This passage shows that sheep are providers to man and show no harm. Blake says that sheep has a, “tender voice/ making all the vales rejoice?” (Blake 7-8). Blake makes sheep seem to have a joyful emotion and wants to share it with others. The sheep has a tender voice which means it is not intimidating. Natoli, who is the author of the novel William Blake, says that, “The lamb is made by Christ and is an obvious symbol of the mild and gentle aspects of Creation, which are easy to associate with a God of love. However, what about the more fearsome, destructive aspects of Creation, symbolized by the tiger? Do they proceed from the same God? Under what circumstances? Is the tiger only a product of the Fall of humankind? Or are there, perhaps, two Gods?”(Natoli). Natoli agrees that lambs are simple and gentle creature which gives them the symbol of good; however Blake creates another poem that is of the opposite of the lamb, “The Tyger”. Lamb is known to be sacrificed for the sins of God and Christ sacrificed, the same as a lamb, to die for our sins and the tiger of the biblical story is the devil, Satan. Well since God created everything including Satan, so Jesus Christ and Satan were created by the same creator. The tiger is not the only one involved in the Fall of humankind. The lamb, woman, was the first to commit the sin by taking the apple off the tree and eating it, even though the outer part of the innocent can still posses the potential to evil. In the poem “The Tyger,” the tiger is a fierce and an aggressive predator, that symbolizes evil. Blake describes the tiger by saying, “In what distant deeps or skies./Burnt the fire of thine eyes?/On what wings dare he aspire?/What the hand, dare seize the fire?” (Blake...

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