He seems to have gone too far and flown too high in creating such a creature as the tiger. It becomes a symbolic allegory to God in hindsight. All throughout the poem the character questions the Creator of the tiger to determine if the Creator is demonic or godlike. Second, the poem allows for many interpretations. This lends to quite a lyrical read of the poem. William Blake was a first generation Romantic poet.
Did he smile his work to see? The title encourages us to consider the 'contrary states' of innocence and experience as we read the poems in both collections. What bolsters such an interpretation is the long-established associations between the lamb and Jesus Christ. Tyger Tyger burning bright, In the forests of the night: What immortal hand or eye, Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? In the poem night stands for ignorance, out of which the forest of false social institutions is made. Technology may be a benefit to mankind in many ways, but within it still holds deadly potential. On what wings dare he aspire? The stanza is steeped in rhythmic poetry, adding flair and color. . The longer books that Blake wrote describe Los's creation of animals and people within the world of nature.
Also, the punctuation may seem a bit strange, but this is only because we're presenting the lines exactly as they were originally printed. You can E-mail me at. And when thy heart began to beat, What dread hand? What the hand, dare seize the fire? In The Lamb the speaker, a child, first admiring the lamb and its soft wool, tells the lamb that he and even the lamb itself were created by a gentle and loving God. From the ranks of the angels, Lucifer rebelled against God, initiated a battle in the heavens, and eventually exiled himself to hell as the devil. The smithy represents a traditional image of artistic creation; here Blake applies it to the divine creation of the natural world.
Thematically, the poem is intended to make us to witness the persona realizing the potentials of his soul and to realize it ourselves. In the late 18th century, the world was changing and developing into a new world quite fast. What's more, instead of just describing the lamb, Blake speaks to the lamb directly and asks it questions. I hope I have shown the reader that this connection, which I mentioned, clearly exists. By the way, the claim has proved extraordinarily unpopular among Blake's non-physician admirers. This literary device is called apostrophe not to be confused with the punctuation mark. Blake used several conflicting views in his poetry to try to maintain a balance of good and evil in the human soul or a connection between heaven and hell.
Comparison of his two works The Philosophy of Composition and The Raven. Lamb The Lamb represents innocence and goodness. Each stanza poses certain questions with a vague subject Tyger in consideration. The poem flows with a rhythmic synchronization with a regular meter, the hammering is relevant to blacksmith herein. The poem's comforting words send a message that God loves and cares for all his creatures. What the hand, dare seize the fire? In 'The Lamb,' the figure of Jesus often called the 'Lamb' in Christian texts is quiet and childlike, but the 'immortal hand' of God that forges the tiger is anything but gentle.
Many writers of this time period did not express their personal philosophies through the power of literature as Blake did. For example, when Blake writes that the lamb is 'Soft and wooly bright,' we can feel the lamb's wool and see how bright it is. These angles, which were created long before the Tyger and have knowledge of the world which the speaker could never possible achieve, cried with terror because such a powerful and strong creature like the Tyger should not exist and they pity humans because they are all at the Tygers mercy. The rhyme scheme also ties the poem together and gives each stanza a common pattern. Primary literature 13 Introduction Till this day Edgar Poe is known as an author of black short stories and an ancestor of detective fiction. Do the ferocious tiger and the adorable lamb share the same creator? Burnt the fire of thine eyes? This will be shown in the following chapter. The man with a revolutionary spirit can use such powers to fight against the evils of experience.
And when they heart began to beat, What dead hand? Blake was one of the few poets who still 2199 Words 9 Pages When do we change? And when thy heart began to beat, What dread hand? And it is art that brings creation to its fulfillment -- by showing the world as it is, by sharpening perception, by giving form to ideas. The poet embarks on challenging the ability of his creator to creating this mighty creature. Whether looking at an innocent lamb or a ferocious tiger, we ask the same kinds of questions. He seeks to point out that in… 1458 Words 6 Pages Comparing The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake This essay will focus on the enchanting poem, 'The Lamb' which is taken from the 'Songs of Innocence' which will be compared and contrasted with the mysterious poem, 'The Tyger', which is taken from the 'Songs of Experience'. In my undergraduate thesis paper, , I have described how Blake's visions appear identical to those typical of schizophrenia. The word tiger is emphasized through repetition on the opening of the poem to create rhythm in the poem. Imagery can also involve the other senses sound, smell, touch and even taste.
The poet seems worried as to how the creator shaped up such a magnificent creature, but more so, how is the creator himself? The Lamb and the Tyger are just vehicles for Blake to express what he feels happens to people as they grow, develop and eventually become perverted by the world around them. An allegorical reference to blacksmith, he hypothesizes some intelligent creator developing his creation akin to a blacksmith as he cuts, hammers and forms metal after considerable toil. Form The poem is comprised of six quatrains in rhymed couplets. But what is more important in this part is if the Creator smiled after having forged the Tyger because if he really did, then he is proud of his creation and has no pity for anyone who could be harmed by the Tyger. Whether he deems God impotent of creating such a four-legged creature is left open-ended to the reader. Even though they originally appeared in different volumes, 'The Tyger' and 'The Lamb' can be connected if we read them closely.