The Lamb And The Tyger By William Blake

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Many authors in the Romantics time period enjoyed using imagination. Their ideas were new and different compared to older ones while being written for basically everyone to understand. These poets and writers also usually had a deeper meaning within their simple poems and this was to make people think about what was being said. Although they are not the first to do something like this the romantic poets are most known for this idea of seeing the double meaning so to speak. Each poem when it’s meaning is revealed usually has a deep and important meaning. Some writers reveal their most inner thoughts within their poetry. For example in The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake his idea that there are two different types of people in this world yet we need both for balance. His next poem The Chimney Sweeper has many hidden meaning within his poem about his views on society. Then he goes on in his poem titled Infant Sorrow to reveal his thoughts on non-conformists. William Blake makes a different criticism of society in his four poems The Lamb, The Tyger, The Chimney Sweeper and Infant Sorrow.

To begin, William Blake uses his poems The Lamb and The Tyger to point out flaws of society, but also to show the importance of balance. In these two poems basically William Blake says that there are two types of people a lamb which is nice and timid: and a tiger which is mean and awful. He shows that the lamb is nice and innocent on page 748 lines 14-17, “For he calls himself a Lamb: He is meek & he is mild, He became a little child: I a child & and thou a lamb.” He says that the lamb is meek and mild which represents those people in this world that don’t mean any harm to others and try to make everyone happy. In The Tyger he says, “Burn the fire of thine eyes! On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand, dare seize the fire?” lines 6-8 page 749. Here Blake is basically talking of such an evil being known as the tiger there are people in society who are more like this evil tiger who pounce on their prey and their main intent is to hurt people they don’t care about feelings. In The Lamb William Blake also points out that the lamb was made by God. Yet rather than him saying this about the tiger Blake asks an interesting question in The Tyger on page 749 lines 19-24, “Did he smile his work to s ee? Did he who made the Lamb make thee? Tyger, Tyger burning bright, In the forests of the night: What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry.” His intriguing question here is that could the same person who made the lamb possible make something as evil as the tiger. Rather than him saying could he said dare and that if that person was happy with his finished evil product knowing that the tiger would only bring destruction and despair to the world. Another thing that could be taken away from these two poems is that there needs to be both types of the people in the world for balance.

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