Analysis of “the Tyger” and “the Lamb”

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In “The Tyger,” William Blake explains that there is more that meets the eye when one examines the Creator and his creation, the tiger. The character is never defined. All throughout the poem the character questions the Creator of the tiger to determine if the Creator is demonic or godlike. The poem reflects mainly the character’s reaction to the tiger, rather than the tiger ‘s reaction to the world. The character is inquiring about the location of the Creator of the tiger when he says, “ In what distant deeps or skies” (5). In this quote the character is trying to figure out where exactly the Creator is located. He wants to know if he’s in Heaven or Hell. The words “deeps” and “skies” could have many meanings. The description of “deeps” …show more content…

This is so because when he wrote this poem it was during the French Revolution, which was a time of suffering for so many people. He is interpreting his environment through the tiger’s environment.
In “ The Lamb,” William Blake explains that God can be like a child, meek and innocent. The young boy in this poem questions who made the lamb and he compares his distinctiveness to the Creator. The fact that the character questions who makes the lamb validates the being of a single, powerful, inspiring creator, one who dares to create both the tiger and the lamb. The character in this poem is a child who wants to know if God is like a lamb when he says, “ He is meek, and he is mild/ He became a little child. / I a child, and thou a lamb” (17). When one thinks of a child they see someone who is meek, pure, and unclear of the world. So a child is like a lamb someone who stands for purity. In this poem the young boy is explaining that God consider himself to be like a lamb, innocent and meek when he says, “ He is called by thy name, / for he calls himself a Lamb” (13-14). A person would never know that God has many different faces until one really understands who God is and what he is capable of doing.
He uses fictional strategy to further explain whom the lamb represents in the poem. In “The Lamb,” the lamb is figurative of Christ, the Son of God. “ The lamb”, in human form is achieved by the conservative outline of Christ as a lamb. The


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