William Blake Analysis Essay

An Analysis of William Blake’s Life as a Poet
William Blake was a travelled and experienced writer, growing up in Paris, moving to London, and finally ending up in Felpham, Sussex [1]. Throughout all this time William Blake, was a businessman, poet, and artist, all of these accomplishments severely impacted Blake’s literary works.
In Blake’s poems, “The Tyger” and “The Lamb”, Blake uses repetition and rhyming throughout both of these works, but their meanings are extremely contrasting. “The Lamb” is all about stating answers about the world around him, but “The Tyger” is all about questioning the world around him. He is attempting to show that questioning the world is a more powerful outlook than attempting to know everything about the
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The Lamb has innocent faith in a benevolent universe, and he is naïve and profound. The lamb is innocent similar to the way the children are that consider Jesus to be gentle. Jesus represents conventional Christian values, similar to the way children think. As a kid Jesus was vulnerable and guileless, similar to the way children are. William Blake is comparing Jesus as a child, to the common children in the current society. Those children are similar to the lamb in the aspect of innocence, and happiness. Kids mean well, but as they age they become more susceptible to societal woes. The Tiger is implying that society is a beautiful beast, and the creator made a being that is voluptuous, yet incredibly beautiful. The Tyger’s creator made its heart with a never ending want to kill. The old testament is used by many as a scapegoat for revenge. With revenge comes violence, the Tyger has perfected the art of killing. Nature like art reflects its creator, and it is textbook Blake to think of the god that made the Tyger to make something that is beautiful and majestic, yet so terribly destructive; and do so in relation to society. The two go together to create an analogy that creates society to be beautiful and inscrutable, as well as clear but terrible. Blake uses each poem in contrast because they have more meaning together than they do

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