The Tyger and The Lamb

William Blake’s ‘The Tyger’ and ‘The Lamb’ are both short poems in which the poet poses rhetorical questions that, at a first sight, would appear to be a lamb and a tiger. In both poems Blake uses vivid imagery to create specific connotations that contain obvious religious allegory. The contrast between the two poems is much easy to realize. This clearness does not mean the poems are easy to understand, but it does serve to create a sober mood that parallels the radical simplicity of each piece and draws out their serious, more complicated aspects.
‘The Lamb’ was published in a Blake anthology entitled ‘The Songs of Innocence’ which depicted life through the childlike eyes of the naïve, ...

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life. Both poems share a common AABB rhyme scheme and they are both in regular meter.
‘The Tyger’ in centred on the dangers to be faced in life and nature, while ‘The Lamb’ celebrates nature as seen through the innocent eyes of a child. Blake examines different, almost opposite or contradictory ideas about the natural world, its creatures and their Creator. In both poems Blake uses animals and their characteristics to bring across his message, he uses rhetorical questions throughout the poems in order to challenge the reader. For example in ‘The Tyger’, the poetic voice asks: “What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?” Here we are challenged to imagine someone or something so powerful as to be able to create this animal. In the first line of ‘The Lamb’, the poetic voice poses a rhetorical question: “Little Lamb, who made thee?”, but in this poem the poetic voice gives us the answer in the second stanza. He reminds us that the God who made ‘The Lamb’ is also ...

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Added: 3/14/2011 11:20:48 PM
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