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The Lamb and The Tyger In William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience we are shown a comparison of nature. The innocent ‘lamb’ and the ferocious ‘Tyger’ are designed to be interpreted in comparison with each other. In the poems "The Lamb" and "The Tyger," William Blake uses symbolism, tone, and rhyme to express the theme that God can create good and bad creatures. The poem "The Lamb" was in Blake's "Songs of Innocence," which was published in 1789.While, "The Tyger," was in his "Songs of Experience," which was published in 1794. Blake's lamb and tiger symbolize two opposite views of God: the creator of good and evil. In "The Lamb," Blake uses the symbol of the lamb to paint a picture of innocence. The lamb is a symbol of Jesus Christ. The poem begins with the question, Little Lamb who made Thee?” the speaker, a child, asks the lamb about its origins and who provided him with life, food, clothes, his “tender voice”. Then the Lamb answers his own questions: “He is called by thy name, For He calls Himself a Lamb.” one who resembles in his gentleness both the child and the lamb. A lamb is a very meek and mild creature, which could be why Blake chose to use this animal to describe God's giving side. He even refers to God as being meek and mild in line fifteen: "He is meek, and he is mild." And then goes on and sends his blessings. In this poem, Blake wants to shows all the good things created by god. In ‘The Tyger’ Blake describes the tiger as being a symbol of evil. This is displayed when Blake says ‘What the anvil? What dread grasp, dare its deadly terrors clasp?”. In this poem the tyger asks who could have made the tyger. More exactly, it is asking who could have made such an evil being as the tyger. It begins with the question the poem is based on “What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?”, and throughout the poem, the question is asked in different forms. In this poem, Blake wants to show that just as God created all the good, he also is the creator of all the bad. In conclusion, both poems, 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger', combined ask an incredibly deep question, about the world as we know it-all the good, and the evil. 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger' are opposites. One is bright and innocent. The other is dark and sinister. What could make these two poems go together, so closely that one cannot speak of one without bringing up the other? 'The Lamb' represents all the goodness in the world, the simple happiness. 'The Tyger' stands for the opposite, indirectly speaking of the complicated evils of the world. Combined, the question that the two ask is one well worthy of contemplation: How could good, and evil, exist in the same world? When connecting the poems to human nature, the question is: How is it possible for a single small brain, a mass of atoms, to be capable of both wonderful good and terrible evil, destroying all who come in contact with it? Religiously, the poems ask how one being “God” could have made all the good and evil, the ups and downs, of the world.

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