This poem, like many of the Songs of Innocence, accepts what Blake saw as the more positive aspects of conventional Christian belief. Dharmender Kumar Dharmender is a writer by passion, and a lawyer by profession. As a result, the poet starts off with poetic allusions, entirely open-ended for the reader to perceive as he pleases. The lamb is the symbol of innocent purity and the Tyger is the symbol of passion, perhaps passion rooted in very human, and therefore base, emotions. Those aren't two animals you'd want to put in the same room, so things could get ugly if someone put them in the same poem. Christ was also a child when he first appeared on this earth as the son of God. In 1779 he began studying at the Royal Academy and within a year began exhibited pictures there, often with historical themes.
Gave thee life, and bid thee feed By the stream and o'er the mead; Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest clothing, wooly, bright; Gave thee such a tender voice, Making all the vales rejoice? It has a tender voice which fills the valley with joy. And when they heart began to beat, What dead hand? Little Lamb who made thee Dost thou know who made thee The Lamb is a didactic poem. Indeed, we might take such an analysis further and see the duality between the lamb and the tiger as being specifically about the two versions of God in Christianity: the vengeful and punitive Old Testament God, Yahweh, and the meek and forgiving God presented in the New Testament. He also questions about how the lamb was brought into existence, which mentions another theme of divine intervention and how all creatures were created. The symbolic meaning of it is almost clearly stated in the poem The Lamb which is probably the most important among the poem of innocence. The tiger also stands for a divine spirit that will not be subdued by restrictions, but will arise against established rules and conventions. The use symbolism, fantastic imagery and imagery from nature with symbolic contents to explore highly idealistic themes.
Both of them discuss the creation of the creatures by God. There is a reference to Hephaestus, god of fire and smiths. The entire first stanza centers on the question of the creator. Why does this exist, or how did this come to exist? The description of the lamb indicates as much with imagery that reflects a sense of softness and child-like authenticity. The child shows his deep joy in the company of the lamb who is just like him, meek and mild. The Tyger is not a simplistic poem as it yields many interpretations. As for God, his creations are just beautiful and transcend the notions of good-evil.
What the hand, dare seize the fire? The first of the five stanzas describes an innocent fly being thoughtlessly killed by a human being. Dost thou know who made thee? Or is this because of free will, after gaining a posterior knowledge we naturally gain evil? It was a fearful apparition; countrymen were scared to death, someone thought he was the devil crossing the country. This literary device is called apostrophe not to be confused with the punctuation mark. All throughout the poem the character questions the Creator of the tiger to determine if the Creator is demonic or godlike. Blake questions as to how can a creature be so beautiful yet so terrifying.
Lesson Summary William Blake was a Romantic poet whose themes had strong religious aspects. GradeSaver, 31 May 2011 Web. Slowly, William Blake attacks the Christian God as he asks whether a divine entity is capable of creating such a mesmerizing creature with perfection definitions and extraordinaire beauty. The poet seems worried as to how the creator shaped up such a magnificent creature, but more so, how is the creator himself? Although both poems use apostrophe to speak directly to the subjects without reply, the tone or mood and imagery language that involves the reader's senses differ dramatically. He contrasts good and evil within a religious framework questioning the benevolent God and questioning humanity. The child is a symbol of innocence, the state of the soul which has not yet been corrupted by the world of conventionalized pretensions called religion, culture, society and state and other codified systems.
High schoolers read it because their teachers want to give them something tougher to chew on like a tiger!. Romantic poems used nature, and often personified the natural. The poet wonders how the creator would have felt after completing his creation. Therefore, The Tyger represents the theory of contraries: it is an animal strong, energetic, powerful, charming, fascinating but it is also dangerous and fearful. Line 1 is an example of synecdoche, a literary device used when a part represents the whole or the whole represents a part. Innocence: The Lamb Let's start with 'The Lamb.
Is this just a forest at night time or did the poet mean more? Additionally, the imagery Blake uses in 'The Tyger' couldn't be any further from the peaceful, pleasant images in 'The Lamb. They share two different perspectives, those being innocence and experience. This individual will then begin his personal spiritual revolution. Whereas the lamb is a song of innocence, the tyger is a song of experience, the opposing force to the lamb. The first stanza focuses on the question of who created the animal and the second contains the answer.
What dread grasp, Dare its deadly terrors clasp? These two poems have many similarities and contrasting ideas; Blake depicts these two creatures in such a way that relates them to the sections they appear in and highlights their differences through language. However, by looking at the poems side by side using juxtaposition , we can see that both poems address the theme of human curiosity. Are the forests of the night different from the ones of the day? Little Lamb God bless thee. It's no mistake that Blake chose a lamb to speak to in the poem. Feel free to share yours. Tyger Tyger burning bright, In the forests of the night: What immortal hand or eye, Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? The rhythm is expected because it must give a sense of energy, strength and speed actually you can hear a tiger speeding up. The traditional image of Jesus as a lamb underscores the Christian values of gentleness, meekness, and peace.
As a result, what kind of being can be both violent and so magnificent simultaneously? Nevertheless, the poem does stir the reader to deep thought. Is this the same creator who made the lamb and was he happy when he saw the tiger had been created? The last stanza serves two purposes: 1 it ties in the first stanza of the poem to the last stanza; 2 it emphasizes the question asked in the previous line. Theme of innocence and experience V. One reason for this is that Blake doesn't repeat as many lines in this poem. The idea of both creators being God raises a fundamental issue for religion, why would a benevolent God create a creature of such darkness? Before we jump into the 'The Tyger' and 'The Lamb,' let's discuss the larger bodies of work the poems belong to. The second poem is the other, darker side to the same coin. This poem took a major spin from his previous poems and the adulthood could really be felt.