The Lamb and The Tiger by William Blake Essay

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'The Lamb' and 'The Tiger' by William Blake

Write about The Lamb and The Tiger by William Blake. Explain how the poet portrays these creatures and comment on what you consider to be the main ideas and attitudes of the poet.

'All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small,

All things wise and wonderful,

The Lord God made them all.'

Cecil Frances Alexander

Indeed, God created all creatures great and small, and he could not have created two creatures more different from each other than the lamb and the tiger. The question arises in one's mind therefore: -

'Could one creator design and give life to two exhibits of such a vast
contrast?'
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Within the adult, the child is resurrected, liberating imagination, desire and creativity.

On the other hand, we encounter the dark underside of the virtues upheld in traditional children's literature in Songs of Experience.
The poems reveal the perversion of natural creative energy that results from repression and injustice, and the hardships of life and the world we live in.

I shall now compare and contrast the two contradicting poems mentioned previously: 'The Lamb' and 'The tiger', both revealing the 'two halves' of Blake's journey through life, and reveal much about his views. Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience were written five years apart (Songsof Innocence obviously being his premiere work) and were both written in a simplistic style that made them accessible for children. They show to different worlds: one in which God is trusted implicitly and there's no question of moral issues; and one which the fallen state is examined and religious hypocrisy is examined.
Questions arise about the mode of thinking about Christianity in all its repressive, Puritanical vainglory.

'The Tiger', part of Blake's Songs of Experience is a poem about the nature of creation, much as his earlier poem found in Songs of
Innocence, 'The Lamb'. However, 'The Tiger' takes on the darker side of creation, when its benefits are less obvious than simple joys.
Blake's simplicity in language and construction contradicts the
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