London: John Lane Company, 1907. The speaker in the poem is puzzled at the sight of a tiger in the night, and he asks it a series of questions about its fierce appearance and about the creator who made it. He asks if the lamb knows who made it, who provides it food to eat, or who gives it warm wool and a pleasant voice. We discover here that the speaker is in fact a child, which is aligned with all the works in Songs of Innocence. What the hand, dare seize the fire? The stanza is steeped in rhythmic poetry, adding flair and color. These two poems symbolically show the struggle between good and evil. These combined works were given the subtitle Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul.
The first stanza is rural and descriptive, while the second focuses on abstract spiritual matters and contains explanation and analogy. The pendant or companion poem to this one, found in the Songs of Experience, is ; taken together, the two poems give a perspective on religion that includes the good and clear as well as the terrible and inscrutable. When do we change from being the innocent children God sent into the world, to the corrupted ones that leave the earth? Christ was also a child when he first appeared on this earth as the son of God. Repetition in the first and last couplet of each stanza makes these lines into a refrain, and helps to give the poem its song-like quality. Blake is in wonderment at how the Lord could create such an evil animal as the tiger but also such an innocent animal as the lamb. Burnt the fire of thine eyes? Dost thou know who made thee? Summary The speaker, identifying himself as a child, asks a series of questions of a little lamb, and then answers the questions for the lamb.
Fortunately for us, the poet William Blake put these animals in separate 'rooms. Themes and Analysis There is obvious symbolism occurring throughout the two stanzas. In the former, all his poems focus on purity and the innocence of childhood. By using lines that sound similar to each other and by using them multiple times in each stanza, Blake's voice sounds like that of a child trying to get the 'Little Lamb' to pay attention. He describes the lamb as he sees it. To eat or not to eat the cookies - that is the question.
I a child, and thou a lamb, We are called by His name. It also continues from the first description of the tiger the imagery of fire with its simultaneous connotations of creation, purification, and destruction. Or is this because of free will, after gaining a posterior knowledge we naturally gain evil? So he took his wings, and fled; Then the morn blushed rosy red. The imaginative artist is synonymous with the creator. Lamb is pure, innocent and it is associated with Christ. The poem begins with a child like directness and natural world that show none of the signs of grownups.
William Blake and Digital Humanities:Collaboration, Participation, and Social Media. R Tolkien, there is seemingly a lot left up in the air about religion and the symbolism… 1931 Words 8 Pages Derrick Warren English 102 Professor. Of the copies of the original collection, only 28 published during his life are known to exist, with an additional 16 published posthumously. The tiger is formed on a number of ideas, which is the eye of man and God, but it is also a sign of the very same eye, which created it. Though repetition, alliteration and the same rhyme scheme is used it is represented in two different ways. One is ferocious and scary while the other is calm and peaceful.
In other words, that within us is a constant struggle between good and evil. And every human, by extension, has aspects about them that can be viewed as both good and evil. In his later years, he turned more and more towards religion, seeing the bible as the ultimate reference to all that is good and evil. They share two different perspectives, those being innocence and experience. The broader point is one that many Christian believers have had to grapple with: if God is all-loving, why did he make such a fearsome and dangerous animal? He contrasts good and evil within a religious framework questioning the benevolent God and questioning humanity. Summary of 'The Lamb' 'The Lamb' is a lyric poem consisting of two 10-line stanzas. Theme of innocence and experience V.
The tiger is strikingly beautiful yet also horrific in its capacity for violence. The little boy has been told that being white is better than being black. 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. Since Jesus is often called the 'Lamb of God,' the symbolism of the animal chosen in the poem is very obvious. Examples include: 1 the tiger represents the dangers of mortality; 2 the fire imagery symbolizes trials baptism by fire perhaps ; 3 the forest of the night represents unknown realms or challenges; 4 the blacksmith represents the Creator; 5 the fearful symmetry symbolizes the existence of both good and evil, the knowledge that there is opposition in all things, a rather fearful symmetry indeed.
Blake published an earlier collection of poetry called the in 1789. All throughout the poem the character questions the Creator of the tiger to determine if the Creator is demonic or godlike. Burnt the fire of thine eyes! They are called 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger'. The poem slowly points out to the final question therein. However, by looking at the poems side by side using juxtaposition , we can see that both poems address the theme of human curiosity. Form The poem is comprised of six quatrains in rhymed couplets.