Comparing The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake Essay

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Comparing The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake

This essay will focus on the enchanting poem, 'The Lamb' which is taken from the 'Songs of Innocence' which will be compared and contrasted with the mysterious poem, 'The Tyger', which is taken from the 'Songs of Experience'. The poem of 'The Lamb' represents the child's early years whereas 'The Tyger' portrays an adult (the dominator). Blake has constructed these two poems from natural views and by comparing and contrasting them I may end up with an answer on what Blake is trying to explain in these poems.

The settings of each poem are set distinctively as each poem is set to suit their title. The place at which 'The Lamb' is set, 'By the
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Who is their creator? They are in a position in which they are supposed to be giving answers. Maybe because of the lamb being like a child we will be given the answer straight away. However with the tiger being associated with the adult, it may be losing its faith about God's existence. The tiger is a symbol for this confusion - beautiful on the outside, but savage on the other. 'What immortal hand or eye…' taken from 'The Tyger' and 'Little Lamb who made thee…' taken from 'The Lamb',explain the point I have made.

The fear does not come from the tiger. The appearance and habitat are not focused on when describing the tiger, suggesting that the tiger is not the one to be feared. The fear can only come from one thing, which is the tiger's creator. Did God create this creature? "What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?" implies that, if God can create a creature like a tiger then isn't it possible that he could create the savagery in man? This contrasts with 'The Lamb' because the line 'he is meek and he is mild' conveys that God is innocent like a child. The points that God is powerful and created a powerful tiger, contradicts itself with God being like a child and being innocent and creating a lamb.

Both poems are structured very differently. 'The
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