God and Poetry Essay

1296 Words Feb 1st, 2014 6 Pages
William Soller
God and Poetry
Throughout human experience, we have sought ways of understanding the universe. Stories of gods appeared as an answer to a multitude of questions. These gods began guiding the world into the realm of creation, from monuments of belief to the passing of belief through the written word. Christianity grew out of Judaism with the coming of Jesus Christ. Four Gospels were written as tribute to his life as the New Testament, and, with the combination of the Torah as the Old Testament, the Bible was crafted.
The distinction between the Old and New Testaments create very different images of God. In the Old Testament, there is a God a vengeance and power. In the New Testament, God is merciful and full of love.
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The Lamb is part of a series, the Songs of Innocence, which has a partner series, the Songs of Experience. Its partner poem is The Tyger.
The Tyger begins much like The Lamb. The speaker asks, in this case, what divine being could create such a fearsome tiger: “What immortal hand or eye/ Could frame thy fearful symmetry?” Each succeeding stanza contains even more questions that enhance the first. From what cosmic or underwater depths could put such fire into the tiger’s eyes, and who dared to handle that fire? What kind of darks skills would one need to “twist the sinews” of the tiger’s heart? And when that same heart “began to beat,” what kind of creator could have the courage needed to continue. The speaker goes on to illustrate the forging of the tiger as if it were metalwork, wondering what sort of instrument or blacksmith would be needed for such a task. The speaker ends his questioning, asking, “Did he smile his work to see?” Could this possibly be the same being who made the lamb?”
The Tyger builds on the notion that a creation reflects attributes of its creator. When Blake depicts the horrific yet beautiful creature, he eludes to that notion. The aggressive and violent characteristics displayed by the tiger are born from the same characteristics present within the God that created it. The tiger represents the majesty of nature as well as the presence of evil, lurking in the shadows and waiting to pounce. Blake uses this symbol to investigate how

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