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THIS IS A ROUGH DRAFT NOT THE FINISHED FORM In William Blakes Songs of Innocence and Experience the gentle lamb and the dire tiger define childhood by setting a contrast between the innocence of youth and the experience of age The Lamb is written with childish repetitions and a selection of words which could satisfy any audience under the age of five Blake applies the lamb in representation of youthful immaculateness The Tyger is hard-featured in comparison to The Lamb in respect to word choice and representation The Tyger is a poem in which the author makes many inquiries almost chantlike in their reiterations The question at hand could the same creator have made both the tiger and the lamb For William Blake the answer is a frightening one The Romantic Periods affinity towards childhood is epitomized in the poetry of Blakes Songs of Innocence and Experience Little Lamb who made thee Dost thou know who made thee Blake 1-2 The Lambs introductory lines set the style for what follows an innocent poe m about a amiable lamb and its creator It is divided into two stanzas the first containing questions of whom it was who created such a docile creature with clothing of delight Blake 6 There are images of the lamb frolicking in divine meadows and babbling brooks The stanza closes with the same inquiry which it began with The second stanza begins with the author claiming to know the lambs creator and he proclaims that he will tell him Blake then states that the lambs creator is none different then the lamb itself Jesus Christ is often described as a lamb and Blake uses lines such as he is meek and he is mild Blake 15 to accomplish this Blake then makes it clear that the poems point of view is from that of a child when he says I a child and thou a lamb Blake 17 The poem
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