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The Lamb And The Tyger Comparison Essay

Comparing The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake Essay

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Comparing The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake

In this essay I am going to analyse, compare and contrast two poems by
William Blake. They are called 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger'. I will be looking at how Blake uses imagery, structure and form to create effects and how the environment that Blake lived in affected the way he wrote his poems.

In the late 18th century, the world was changing and developing into a new world quite fast.

Blake was born in London, the third of five children. Because of the relatively lower middle class status of his fathers line of work,
Blake was raised in a state of not quite poverty, but he saw what life could really be like if he was down on his luck, and this he would experience for the…show more content…

Similarly, 'The Tyger' is apparently about the poet talking about the
Tyger to himself, in a bush not too close by, just so that he can watch the Tyger safely.

Questions are asked throughout the poem. Note that they are all rhetorical, for example, 'In what distant deeps or skies burnt the fire of thine eyes?' This shows that the poet is wondering to himself about the creation of this magnificent creature. What powerful force could or even dare to create such an amazing creature of such strength and beauty? Its almost as if the poet is describing a creature that is not of this world.

The mood or tone of the two poems is very different. 'The Lamb' gives the reader mellow calm. There is nothing violent or powerful or even dangerous about a lamb, it makes you want to pet it because they are delicate and cute animals.

In contrast 'the Tyger' is quite the opposite, mood wise. A real sense of respect for this animal appears in the readers mind. Something with an "immortal hand or eye" made this creature, something with great power. Again, in contrast to the lamb, a Tyger can be quite a scary, foreboding creature you wouldn't want to bump into in the dark in the wild, you'd probably run for your life if it so much as licked its lips at you. The ideal place for

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Essay about Comparing The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake

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Comparing The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake

Of the many poetic works by William Blake, "The Lamb" and "The Tyger" show a large amount of similarity, as well as differences, both in the way he describes the creatures and in the style he chose to write them.

The reader will find many similarities in these two poems. Both of them discuss the creation of the creatures by God. The lines, "Little Lamb, who made thee?" and "What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry" clearly show that the poet is referring to a being who is capable of creating life (538). These two poems are also alike in the aspect that they both talk about the object viewed in the eyes of the common man. "The
Lamb" is…show more content…

The use of questions is also highly utilized in the two written works. This makes the reader ponder the subject discussed in the poem. The words "thy", "thou", "thine", and "thee" present in the poems show that both of them were written in the deferential language of the Bible.

Although "The Lamb" and "The Tyger" share many similarities, they also have some differences. The poems suggest that the lamb and the tiger were both created by the same creator. The poems read together also raise some interesting questions. How could a creator create a soft, gentle, loving creature, and with the same hand construct a dangerous creature? How could the creator's hand make a creature with the softest clothing of delight, then grab the fire that is in the tiger's eye? Blake suggests God seemed pleased with his creation of the lamb and felt a feeling of fear and regretfullness after creating the tiger. In "The Lamb", William Blake compares the lamb to the Baby Jesus. In contrast, he uses earthly features such as night, fire, skies, and forests to describe the mighty tiger.

The two poems also show differences in the way they were written.
Instead of using alternating two and six lined stanzas like he used in "The
Lamb", Blake uses constant four-lined stanzas to provide his image of his tiger. The titles also reveal different spellings. The lamb is spelled as it was intended, simple, short, and sweet. In Blake's

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