The Lamb and the Tiger

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‘Innocence’ can be described as ‘Purity f the soul’. ‘Experience’ can be described as ‘Knowledge or skill gained over time’. I will be comparing two poems, one about innocence and one about experience, both written by the same poet, William Blake.

William Blake, writer of ‘The Lamb# and ‘The Tiger’, was born on November 28th, 1757. He died on August 12th, 1827 and during his life time he was an English poet and engraver.

‘The Tiger’ is a poem of experience and is from the collection ‘Songs of Experience’. It is a rhyming poem about how the tiger was created.

‘The Lamb’ is a poem of innocence and is from the collection ‘Songs of Innocence’. It is a rhyming poem about a child talking to a lamb, asking it who made it.

In this essay I will compare ‘The Lamb’ and ‘The Tiger’, showing the differences in content, mood and atmosphere.’

‘The Tiger’, has a very ‘balanced’ structure and rhyming pattern; it has six quatrains, each with two pairs of rhyming couplets, therefore it has twenty four lines and 12 rhyming couplets. The last quatrain is a repetition of the first quatrain except from one word; Blake changes the word ‘Could’ to ‘Dare’. He does this because he is no longer asking who is able to make a creature like the tiger but who dared make a creature like the tiger.

‘The Lamb’, only has two stanzas, both with ten lines in them; therefore it is shorter than ‘The Tiger’ poem. Each stanza has five pairs of rhyming couplets. In the first stanza the first two lines are repeated at the end, ‘Little Lamb who made thee? / Dost thou know who made thee?’ In ‘The Tiger’, William Blake does not give any answers at the end of the poem, he still asks the reader questions at the end of the poem; however in ‘The Lamb’ the first stanza asks lots of questions and the second stanza gives answers. At the end of the poem Blake tells the reader ‘Little Lamb God bless thee. / Little Lamb God bless thee.’ This is Blake telling the reader that God made the Lamb....
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