The Lamb and the Tyger Essay

1438 Words Apr 14th, 2013 6 Pages
"The Tyger" and "The Lamb" by William Blake, written in 1794 included both of these poems in his collection Songs of Innocence and Song of Experience, takes readers on a journey of faith. Through a cycle of unanswered questions, William Blake motivates the readers to question God. These two poems are meant to be interpreted in a comparison and contrast. They share two different perspectives, those being innocence and experience. To Blake, innocence is not better than experience. Both states have their good and bad sides. "The Tyger" is basically the negative reciprocal of "The Lamb" because it challenges God. The main question that Blake is asking in the two poems is that how can the same God make such a vicious animal and also make such …show more content…
Blake builds on the idea that nature must reflect its creator in some way that only a strong and powerful being could be capable of such a creation. “Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night,”(Blake 1) The reader conceives in their mind the image of a tiger with a coat blazing like fire deep in the dark forest. This creates a negative impression of the tiger, so some might say that the tiger is symbolic of evil. He begins the poem by asking the tiger what kind of God would create such a being, “What immortal hand or eye / Could frame thy fearful symmetry?”(4-5). He questions how such a gentle creature like a lamb who displays such innocence and purity could exist in a world that also houses ferocious creatures and evil. Then he moves on to speak of what tools could have created the tiger and Blake mentions tools such as a hammer, a furnace and an anvil which are all tools used in designing metal and heavy industry such as that. This gives a sense of the tiger being very strong and tough. The tiger is such a beautiful creature, yet it is so horrific in its capacity for violence. the speaker asked, who would dare play with such fire and is he happy with his work, “Did he smile his work to see?” (Blake 19). Could it really be the same creator made the lamb? The reference to the lamb reminds the reader that the tiger and the lamb have been in fact created by the same God, but it also raises questions about the allusion of this. What

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