Opposition in William Blake's 'The Lamb and the Tyger'

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Opposition in William Blake's "The Lamb" and "The Tyger" William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience contain some of his most known poems including "The Lamb" from Songs of Innocence and "The Tyger" from Songs of Experience. These two poems are intended to reflect contrasting views of religion, innocence, and creation, with "The Tyger" examining the intrinsic relationship between good and evil. Blake utilizes contrasting images and symbols to examine opposing perspectives of good and evil. In "The Lamb," Blake uses symbols to emphasize innocence and purity. In the poem, Blake insinuates that the lamb is a creature of God and asks, "Dost thou know who made thee?" as though to make certain that the lamb knows that it, like its creator, is associated with purity and innocence. Furthermore, by associating the lamb to his creator, who "is called by thy name/For he calls himself a Lamb," Blake wants the reader to understand the sacrifice Jesus made for the good of the world; like Jesus, Blake implies the lamb is inherently good. Additionally, Blake emphasizes the lamb's innocence by describing him as being "meek" and "mild." Within "The Lamb," Blake also creates parallels between himself, and mankind in general, and the creature. He writes, "I a child & thou a lamb,/We are called by his name" to explain this belief. In this context, Blake points to God as the creature of all creatures, large and small, which is something he continues to investigate in "The Tyger."

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