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?The Lamb? and ?The Tyger,? by William Blake, are both poems of deep meaning. They seem to explain both sides of human nature: the light and the dark, the yin and the yang, the good and the evil. They can also represent the transition from a child to an adult or even Heaven and Hell.It is said that human souls have two sides: a good side, and an evil side. ?The Lamb? is a poem that is referring to the good side of the human soul, while ?The Tyger? is referring to the dark side. The lamb brings to mind innocence, purity, children, or Jesus; the tiger brings to mind viciousness, cunning, danger, or death. Human beings are capable of malicious things, as well as loving things. It seems like Blake believed that this was part of God?s grand design. He seems in awe of the fact that He who created the lamb, also created the tiger. There is also references to the "twisted sinews of the heart " and how that heartbeat leads the Tiger to raise his "dread hands" and "dread feet" to spread his terror, much like how the evil side of a human leads him to commit wrongs.The two poems can also represent Heaven and Hell, or God/Jesus, and Satan. The Lamb, of course, is God/Jesus, and the Tyger is Satan. First, with the Lamb, there are many, many references to Jesus Christ, for instance, ?He is called by thy name / For he calls himself a Lamb (888).? In the Bible, Jesus is referred to as a Lamb, or The Lamb (of God), quite often. The poem goes on to say, ?He is meek, and he is mild; / He became a little child (888).? First of all, there?s a Christian song that describes Jesus Christ as ?meek and mild,? and also, Christians believe that God sent His Son to Earth in the form of a human. He was born like any normal child; therefore, He ?became a child.? Also, an overriding idea of the lamb as the representation of Jesus Christ is the lamb's innocence. The Lamb is soft and warm and beautiful, but above all else, is pure and innocent, like the Christ. Gentle and naive make the lamb innocent, and that makes the lamb closer to Heaven than the more worldly, cynical tiger, which is why the tiger represents Hell, or Satan. Many things point to this, such as the...

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