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The Lamb is one of the poems in the Songs of Innocence which was published in 1789 As the contrary poem to The Lamb The Tiger in the Songs of Experience came 5 years later in 1794 In the fifth stanza of The Tiger there is a question asked by Blake Did he who made the Lamb make thee Blake questions if the tiger was created by the same being that created the lamb In the following part of my paper I would try to answer this question There are some symbols in the two poems In the religious books Jesus Christ is called the Gods Lamb So in one way the lamb can be interpreted as Jesus or the God Moreover the setting and the description of animal create a sense of innocence of the lamb and a sense of evil of the tiger The setting of The Lamb is in a green valley and Blake uses such words as little wooly tender meek and mild to emphasize the Lambs gentle nature The tiger by contrast is a terrifying animal burning with fire in its eyes walking in the forests of the night And Blake uses fearful dread dreadful these words to show the horrible image of the tiger and its power of destruction And it seems that the tiger is forged in a furnace In addition just as innocence is simpler than experience the language and the form of The Lamb are easier than The Tiger The Lamb describes the mind of a child is speaking to a lamb And Blake uses very simple words just like a childrens poem In this way the author reinforces the sense of innocence The Tiger is more complex Blake uses pairs of rhyming couplets to create a sense of rhythm and continuity The concluding verse of the poem is almost identical to the opening verse giving the poem itself symmetry This word is used to describe
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