Comepare Contrast "The Tyger" Vs "The Lamb" By William Blake

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The two poems that I will analyse in depth, "The Lamb", and "The Tyger" has many comparisons and contrasts between the two, although the same writer, William Blake, wrote them. He was born in London on 28, 1757 a period of time when enormous and rapid changes occurred in Europe, like the "Industrial", "Agricultural" and the "French" revolutions. These "changes" in his life reflects his background and also had an effect on his style of writing. I will be looking at the subjects and themes of the poem and also focus at how Blake uses imagery, structure and form to create effects.The two poems "The Tyger" and "The Lamb" are based on the numerous events that happened in Blake's time. For an ...view middle of the document...

Having both of them makes the world go around, and allow man to progress in life. Therefore the deeper true theme for the two poems is that the world is balanced, into good and evil. Good being lamb and the Tyger being the evil. In a way, the two poems are in relation to each other, but it is interesting to see how the tone is very different. The tone of The Lamb is very gentle and frivolous, which is shown by words such as "softest clothing" and "tender voice". But in "The Tyger", words like "burning bright" and "twist the sinews" illustrates that the tone is much more compelling and dramatic.There is a considerable amount of imagery in the first two lines alone. "Tyger! Tyger! Burning bright In the forest of the night." After reading these two lines, the reader is enabled to envisage an image of a tiger with a coat of blazing fire, burning brightly among the dark forest. This creates a pessimistic impression of the tiger; therefore some might say that it is a symbolic of evil. Or further on, expanded, they may bring to a close that the tiger is a symbol of Satan. In the first two lines of the second stanza, the same imagery is used. "In what distance deeps or skies, Burnt the fire of thine eyes?" The image of the "distance deeps or skies" again corresponds to the image of a dominion of darkness and evil, which is undeniably an interpretation of hell. Also the image of the burning eyes may be seen as the tiger's eye themselves, symbolising ferocity. Which takes no great imagining or expanding to think it as the Satan's eyes themselves. Therefore, the images in the poem greatly contribute to the negative impression of the tiger, and create intense suspense and anxiety. In Contrast to "The Tyger", "The Lamb" is very positive and merrier. in "The Lamb", there is again a lavish amount of imagery, which has many effects on the reader and the poem itself. First of all, the Lamb represents Jesus. "By the stream and o'er the mead" this quote enables the readers to imagine a field of grass, with a small lamb, everything looking peaceful and in order. Then the poem states, "Softest clothing of delight, Softest clothing, woolly, bright" which clearly describes the innocent lamb and at the same time portray Jesus. Then it is followed by, "Gave thee such a tender voice, Making all the vales rejoice?". This again, is corresponding to Jesus as well as the innocent lamb. People who read this poem may conclude that unlike "The Tyger", the lamb is a symbolic of good and justice, which...

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