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In William Blakes Songs of Innocence andExperience the gentle lamb and the dire tigerdefine childhood by setting a contrast betweenthe innocence of youth and the experience ofage The Lamb is written with childish repetitionsand a selection of words which could satisfy anyaudience under the age of five Blake applies theimmaculateness The Tyger is hard-featured incomparison to The Lamb in respect to wordchoice and representation The Tyger is a poemin which the author makes many inquiries almostchantlike in their reiterations The question athand could the same creator have made both thetiger and the lamb For William Blake theanswer is a frightening one The RomanticPeriods affinity towards childhood is epitomizedin the poetry of Blakes Songs of Innocence andLittle Lamb who made thee Dost thou knowwho made thee Blake 1-2 The Lambsintroductory lines set the style for what followsan innocent poem about a amiable lamb and itscreator It is divided into two stanzas the firstcontaining questions of whom it was who createdsuch a docile creature with clothing of delightBlake 6 There are images of the lambfrolicking in divine meadows and babblingbrooks The stanza closes with the same inquirywhich it began with The second stanza beginswith the author claiming to know the lambscreator and he proclaims that he will tell himBlake then states that the lambs creator is nonedifferent then the lamb itself Jesus Christ is oftendescribed as a lamb and Blake uses lines such ashe is meek and he is mild Blake 15 toaccomplish this Blake then makes it clear thatthe poems point of view is from that of a childwhen he says I a child and thou a lamb Blake17 The poem is one of a childs curiosityuntainted conception of creation and love of allThe Lambs nearly polar opposite is The TygerIts the difference between a feel-good ministerwaxing warm and fuzzy for Jesus and a fieryevangelist preaching a hellfire sermon Instead ofthe innocent lamb we now have the frightfultiger- the emblem of nature red in tooth andclaw-
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