"The Tiger" and "The Lamb" were poems by William Blake, a poet who
lived in the 18th century. In this essay I am going to compare the two
poems and examine links between them relating to rhymes, patterns and
Blake's background relates on the poems he wrote, and many of his
works reflected his early home life. Blake in his childhood was an
outcast, a loner, and didn't have many friends. His family believed
very strongly in God and were extremely pious Christians but did not
agree with the teachings of the church, so young William Blake often
was made to think about God and his teachings during his studies.
Because his parents were rebels against the Church of England, and
most schools were affiliated with the Church in those days, Blake was
made to find education somewhere else. He was educated from home by
his parents, a practise not done much nowadays.
Blake found he had a lot of free time to think about his many ideas,
his poetry, life and the like, and also found that he had a very
strong imagination. In his poems, many biblical and religious
undertones are found as he often wove double meanings into his works.
By the time he was an adult his active imagination allowed him to
create vivid poetry and paintings, like the paintings that have
recently been displayed at the National Gallery. Blake's most famous
books of poems are entitled "Songs of Experience" and "Songs of
Innocence", and the two most famous poems from these two books are the
ones I am comparing in this essay. Poems from the "Songs of
Experience" are all about the type of God who brought all the evil and
suffering into the world, the vengeful God w...
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Industrial Revolution troubles) and would not have the time or money
to take a trip into the countryside. So it too is like a dream, and a
fantasy, and it is also a sign of hope and peace, because in those
days the industrial revolution was taking place and fields and open
space would be disappearing. In its place would be smoggy factories,
slum towns and waste tips. This imagery by Blake I find is very
effective in also making us remember the conditions most people (but
not Blake) had to live in back in those days.
"The Lamb" is obviously a poem of questions - the main difference form
"The Tiger" being that "The Lamb" provides the answers for the reader
and the metaphorical lamb in the second verse, whilst the latter's
questions remain unanswered. I personally feel that the poem is asking
one main question that is "Did he who made the Lamb make thee?"
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