The Tyger By William Blake Analysis

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Good and Evil
An illustrated collection of poems entitled, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, written and illustrated by William Blake shows a variety of perspectives. The innocent and pastoral world for a child pitted against a world of corruption and repression for adults. The same situation or problem is first presented through the perspective of a child and then shown from experience. The poem “The Lamb” is the counterpart for “The Tyger”, which shows two sides to the human soul: a bright side and a dark side or good and evil. The lamb represents all that is good in the world and innocence while the Tyger showcases the opposite, focusing on evil, corruption, and suffering in the world. By describing the good and evil in the human soul, Blake is able to show the innocence and childhood freedom with
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Each stanza is made up of a question but all contribute to one idea. The speaker in “The Tyger” asks a tiger multiple questions. For example, the speaker questions who created the tiger, “What immortal hand or eye / Could frame they fearful symmetry?” (3-4). Unlike “The Lamb”, there is no answers to the questions the speaker asks. The speaker wonders what or who is capable of creating something as majestic and beautiful as the tiger, but also make such a magnificent animal being capable of great violence. The mention of the lamb in the fifth stanza, “Did he who made the Lamb make thee?” (20) implies that the tiger and lamb was created by the same God. The creator is not only capable of creating something as innocence as the lamb and is also capable of creating something evil and violent. There are horrors in the world that cannot be ignored. In “The Tyger”, the questions are left unanswered, which leaves the reader to wonder about the complexities and creation of God. The experience in “The Tyger” shows that evil is prevalent in the world and that goodness cannot always

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