Comparing William Blake's The Tyger And The Lamb

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Comparing William Blake's “The Tyger” and “The Lamb”

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.

Blake has many themes represented in his poems from Song of Experience
and Songs of Innocence but they mainly centre on his childhood, the
aspects of rural and urban life, his protest against the horrible way
of life and a strong disliking to the way the Church was run. These
points will be discussed in the next poem analyses.

“The Tyger” and “The Lamb” are often 2 poems paired together and I think
that was Blakes intention, for example line 20 of “The Tyger” it says
“Did he who made the Lamb make thee?”

So these will be the first two poems I analyse, the themes here show
Blake was a very mystical and spiritual person.

“The Tyger” is quite a strong and powerful poem. The tiger itself appears
dangerous but beautiful - " burning bright" . The poem is full of questions,
but two main questions are being asked. “Who is this God, who could imagine
such a terrifying beast?” and “Who is God who dares to make such a terrifying
beast? You can see how the first question is slightly linked to the second
question by looking at the slight alteration between the first and sixth
stanza( Could and Dare)The poem draws our attention to the fact that the
world contains conflicting elements: ferocity, strength gentleness, peace
- these elements all being present in God. The poem maintains a rhythm of
four beats to a line as well as frequent examples of alliteration and
assonance. This makes the poem easier to understand for all ages. There
is a lot of repetition in the poem, " Tiger." is repeated in the opening
line, and the first stanza is repeated with a slight alteration. At the
end of the poem the words " What?" , " dare" and " dread" make several
appearances. The repetition of these words and the questioning creates a
sense of...

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