The lamb and the tyger
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- 1. William Blakes The Lamband The Tyger
2. Subject and Theme???From Songs ofInnocence- The Lamb 3. Theme: Faith reveals his confidence in his simpleChristian faith and his innocentacceptance of its teachings. 4. Subject and Theme???From Songs ofExperience- The Tyger 5. Theme: Creation The opening question enacts what willbe the single dramatic gesture of thepoem, and each subsequent stanzaelaborates on this conception. Blake isbuilding on the conventional idea thatnature, like a work of art, must in someway contain a reflection of its creator. 6. Theme: Creator One of the central themes in his majorworks is that of the Creator as ablacksmith. Blake identified Gods creative processwith the work of an artist. And it is artthat brings creation to its fulfillment --by showing the world as it is, bysharpening perception, by giving formto ideas. 7. Key Image ???From Songs ofInnocence- The Lamb 8. The Lamb the natural world contains much that isgentle and innocent Symbolically, Christ is "the lamb ofGod." 9. Key Image ???From Songs ofExperience- The Tyger 10. Key Images: The Tyger: symbolizes much that isterrible and frightening. The Smithy: represents a traditionalimage of artistic creation; here Blakeapplies it to the divine creation of thenatural world. 11. Technical Features ???From Songs ofInnocence- The Lamb 12. Refrain Repetition in the first and last coupletof each stanza makes these lines into arefrain, and helps to give the poem itssong-like quality. 13. Apostrophe The poems apostrophic formcontributes to the effect of naivetsince the situation of a child talking toan animal is a believable one, and notsimply a literary contrivance. 14. Symbolism It shows the whole connectedness ofall things, it connects it all with thecreator, the lamb, Jesus, through theuse of the extended metaphor. He tellshim how Jesus was just like a lamb,using symbolic language, comparingJesus to a child. This creates a thirdconnection, a child is like a lamb,Jesus is like a child. 15. Technical Features ???From Songs ofExperience- The Tyger 16. Rhetorical Question "The Tyger", which actually finisheswithout an answer, is (on this level)about your own experience of notgetting a completely satisfactoryanswer to this essential question offaith. 17. Allusion "When the stars threw down theirspears / And watered heaven with theirtears" A reference to the battle in Heavenbetween God and the rebel angels 18. Imagery Words work together to reinforce theconcept of God as a blacksmith anvil, hammer, chain, furnace, frame 19. Repetition The repeated use of word the "dare" toreplace the "could" of the first stanzaintroduces a dimension of aspirationand willfulness into the sheer might ofthe creative act. 20. Engraving from Songsof Innocence. How doesthe image convey thetone, mood, setting, andaction of the poem? 21. Colors are pastel and light by nature:representative of nature A gentle, pastoral setting The trees gently intertwine to create asense of protection 22. Engraving from Songsof Experience. Howdoes the image conveythe tone, mood, setting,and action of the poem? 23. The darker colors create a menacingatmosphere The oranges of the tyger are symbolicof hell The smile of the animal suggestsslyness 24. How do the poemswork harmoniously toconvey a similar themeor message? 25. The two poems give a perspective onreligion that includes the good and clearas well as the terrible and inscrutable. These poems complement each other toproduce a fuller account than either offersindependently. They offer a good instance of how Blakehimself stands somewhere outside theperspectives of innocence and experiencehe projects. 26. In what manner do the twopoems show the twocontrary states of thehuman soul? 27. The contrast is made explicitly in a comparisonbetween `The Lamb and its counterpart `TheTyger. The former is all gentle rhythms and simple,comforting question-answer dynamics, there are nosuch eases in `Tyger. The Tyger evokes a persistent, driving, even tribalfeeling, and the poem is all problematic inquirywithout resolution or answer. these two worlds are animals as antithetically pairedas tigers and lambs.