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The years between 1757 and 1837 marked the romantic period in literature Romanticism was a reactionary period of history when its seeds became planted in poetry artwork and literature The Romantics turned to the poet before the scientist to convey their thoughts and ideals Romanticism allowed people to get away from the constricted rational views of life and concentrate on an emotional and sentimental side of humanity Many poets and authors had the obvious theme of romantics in their works during this age However hidden in the words of many works from this time is another theme the theme of God In particular the works of William Blake and William Wordsworth clearly show this theme In this essay I will compare the poems of William Blake and William Wordsworth with the written Word of God in five poems The Lamb The Chimney Sweeper The Tyger My Heart Leaps Up and London 1802 My aim is to show that the writings of these great poets are truly the words of God Little Lamb who made thee Dost thou know who made thee These begin the words of William Blakes The Lamb In these two lines Blake questions our understanding of our creator If we are seen as the lambs of God meek tender and vulnerable can we really understand the generosity of a God who gave us life He did give us life and Blake tells us that we take this great gift for granted So he asks Dost thou know who made thee So God created man in His own image in the image of God he created him male and female He created them Genesis 127 Anyone who has seen a lamb knows that it is a weak creature unable to protect its self from predators If we are the Lamb then we must rely on the protection of our Shepherd God Why would Blake call us a Lamb then Arent we
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