The Innocent Lamb and the Experienced Tyger by William Blake.

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This short essay shall take two poems of William Blake, namely “The Lamb” and “The Tyger” comparing and contrasting their themes, lyrical quality, and the overall impression created by each of them. In the process, it is hoped, to gain a better understanding of William Blake’s works.


Some of Blake's popular poems come from two of his collections, namely Songs of Innocence (1789) and the Songs of Experience (1794); “The Lamb” is taken from the former, while “The Tyger” is taken from the latter. In general, as indicated by the names given to the collection, the poems belonging to the first set are more positive and optimistic of the world. For example, in “The Lamb” the poet take inquires in all innocence, “Little lamb, who made thee? … Gave thee life, and bid thee feed/ By the stream and o'er the mead; / Gave thee clothing of delight, / Softest clothing, woolly, bright; / Gave thee such a tender voice, / Making all the vales rejoice?” (Stanza 1, lines 1-8) The tone in these lines are one of joy hope, and to the tender heart of the protagonist, everything about the lamb is a source of wonderment and delight.
Furthermore, in the second stanza, the poet answers his own question, and elevates the lamb to a much higher position by comparing its qualities of meekness and mildness to that of Lord Jesus Christ’s, and states that He has called Himself thus; “Little Lamb, I'll tell thee. / He is called by thy name, For He calls Himself a Lamb / He is meek, and He is mild;” (Stanza 2, lines 12-5). ...
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