The lamb brings to mind innocence,purity,children,or Jesus; the tiger brings to mind viciousness, cunning, danger, or death. They share two different perspectives, those being innocence and experience. Why does this exist, or how did this come to exist? They also often take place in pastoral settings and many times praise one or more of these things as subjects. Blake realizes, of course, that God made all the creatures on earth. A thinking of the human soul and two intricate parts that join to fulfill a soul. For those reasons, William Blake decided to write about mystical beings and Gods.
They are called 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger'. In both poems William Blake is narrating, showing his questioning of creation and God. To Blake, innocence is not better than experience. Blake was very critical of the industrial revolution, he believed greatly in God and that we should live as God made us. Both Mary and Minnie Foster are childless housewives who were fearful of their husbands. Undoubtedly, Blake admires the creator of the lamb.
In The Tyger he talks about only God having the power to create things of this nature. Little Lamb God bless thee. He seems in awe of the fact that he who created the lamb, also created the tiger. In the first two lines of the second stanza, the same imagery is used. The poems thus present views of the world as filtered through the eyes and mind of a child.
Blake believed that the church was corrupt and its solitary concern was to gain money from the Christians who worshipped in its buildings. Tyger, Tyger burning bright, In the forests of the night: What immortal hand or eye, Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? If you look carefully at the poem the Tyger actually represents the industrial revolution, powerful yet out of control. Although they are written by the same author and are both about animals they are very different poems with different purposes and directed at different audiences. He also questions about how the lamb was brought into existence, which mentions another theme of divine intervention and how all creatures were created. They are Blake's way of representing the different ways in which people actually experience the world.
Because these two poetry books were complements of each other, they dealt with the same subject from different points of view. He was sent to a drawing school at an early age. He lived during the 18th Century when the church was beginning to lose its grip on British society; science was rising up against the church. In this essay I am going to compare the two poems and examine links between them relating to rhymes, patterns and words used. The lamb could possibly even be Christ.
A graphic organizer, such as a Venn Diagram, will help you organize your thoughts. To be more specific, both poems show us that human beings always ask questions about the world around them. Blake describes the lamb as a symbol of childhood innocence. It could destroy the old system and establish a new one. The poem of 'The Lamb' represents the child's early years whereas 'The Tyger' portrays an adult the dominator.
He did so by using varying techniques that set up clashes between ideologies and reality. He also uses a lot of assonance which drags out the vowels creating a longer sneering sound. This is also an indirect way of asking who does the tiger worship. Since Blake had extremely religious parents, the poems he had written could be related to the Bible. .
Both poems have two stanzas, enjambment was used in both and the vocabulary in both poems were carefully chosen, each word stringed together into a phrase would add more detail to the image constructed in our minds. In the poem The Lamb, Blake uses a Trochaic form, which he also uses in The Tyger. People witness their own wrath through the evil demonstrated in society. In the novel, The Lord of the Rings by J. Note, the poem, The Tyger also uses the lamb as a symbol of innocence. Each poem is unique in its own way, but they do share some similar characteristics like how they both start with questions and the tone comes from the questions of the speaker. Through informing the audience that Jesus and the lamb have the same name, Blake is elevating the status of the lamb to one equal to that of God, elevated from mankind.
However, as the author proceeds with the poem, and starts to introduce a bat, the tone starts to change. Blake believed we need to have wrath to see the beauty of innocence. Another shared theme between the two works, The Tiger and The Lamb, is the theme of creation and divine intervention. The reader will find many similarities in these two poems. Many scholars have argued just that, especially when paired next to his poems about the dangers of religious dogma. Therefore, the images in the poem greatly contribute to the negative impression of the tiger, and create intense suspense and anxiety.