The first stanza is rural and descriptive, while the second focuses on abstract spiritual matters and contains explanation and analogy. Indeed, we might take such an analysis further and see the duality between the lamb and the tiger as being specifically about the two versions of God in Christianity: the vengeful and punitive Old Testament God, Yahweh, and the meek and forgiving God presented in the New Testament. The opening verses slowly leads to the primary objective of the poem, contemplating about God in the heavens above. The child is a symbol of innocence, the state of the soul which has not yet been corrupted by the world of conventionalized pretensions called religion, culture, society and state and other codified systems. It has been allotted with bright, soft and warm wool which serves as its clothing. As the poem leads on gradually, the poem clearly makes it a point to discuss God as an entity as opposed to the tyger. Always lurking around, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike.
Tyger Tyger burning bright, In the forests of the night: What immortal hand or eye, Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? The spears of the stars can be taken as the light they give off and the water the heaven shed as tears may symbolize rain. Did he who made the Lamb make thee? The story of how the tiger was created represents this concretely with attaining fire as the fall of Adam and Eve and the industrial tools that fire enabled for creating weapons and wreaking destruction representing the sin that humans became capable of. Analysis Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; The opening line directly addresses the Tyger or Tiger. And poets are not know for their ecological knowledge. This is a question of creative responsibility and of will, and the poet carefully includes this moral question with the consideration of physical power.
Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry? This archetype compares the power of a tiger with the gentleness of a lamb; this reinforces the power and danger that the tiger poses. The stanza is steeped in rhythmic poetry, adding flair and color. Stanza 4 What the hammer? In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes? In what distant deeps or skies, Burnt the fire of thine eyes? And when thy heart began to beat, What dread hand? The Lamb by William Blake: Summary and Critical Analysis The lamb is one of the simplest poems of Blake. The lamb of course symbolizes Jesus. Her work includes articles on gardening, education and literature. But in the next stanza, the speaker himself tells the little lamb that his maker is known by the very name of the lamb. Which statement best explains how this archetype impacts the meaning in this poem? I don't think Blake ever believes that there is no God, but he certainly thinks that creation is a lot more complicated that just good and evil.
You can argue either side. He was actually quite the rebel for his time. He considers the tiger's features and for each of them he asks the same questions about the creator - what kind of God could have made this? A number of lines, however, such as line four in the first stanza, fall into. But not all his poems reflect this. It also represents the double potentials in any human being. Fire The imagery of fire evokes the fierceness and potential danger of the tiger, which itself represents what is evil or dreaded.
Did he who made the Lamb make thee? He considers the tiger's features and uses powerful, fiery imagery to describe them and how they were made. The creator has strong shoulders energy as well as art skills and dread feet and hand. The approach taken by Blake to write two collections of poems conversely differentiating in content and meaning illustrated the natural split in human behavior that other writer of the time period simply did not think to explain. When the Creator fashioned the Tyger, Blake asks, did he look with pride upon the animal he had created? What part of God is in the tiger? I will be looking at how Blake uses imagery, structure and form to create effects and how the environment that Blake lived in affected the way he wrote his poems. When the stars threw down their spears And water'd heaven with their tears: Did he smile his work to see? Lamb is pure, innocent and it is associated with Christ.
The lamb may be more gentle, but it is not killed by the tiger; this archetype develops the idea that innocence will always triumph over evil. The second stanza also offers some support for this reading: In what distant deeps or skies. He seems to have gone too far and flown too high in creating such a creature as the tiger. What the hand, dare seize the fire? The first stanza asks a question and the second stanza answers it. This poem, like many of the Songs of Innocence, accepts what Blake saw as the more positive aspects of conventional Christian belief. For the casual reader, the poem is about the question that most of us asked when we first heard about God as the benevolent creator of nature.
Examples include: 1 the tiger represents the dangers of mortality; 2 the fire imagery symbolizes trials baptism by fire perhaps ; 3 the forest of the night represents unknown realms or challenges; 4 the blacksmith represents the Creator; 5 the fearful symmetry symbolizes the existence of both good and evil, the knowledge that there is opposition in all things, a rather fearful symmetry indeed. This is both God the Creator personified in Blake's myth as Los and Blake himself again with Los as his alter-ego. By realizing that God created the fearsome tiger as well as the gentle lamb, a person can gain an adult, nuanced understanding of God by comprehending His dual nature. Blake continued to print the work throughout his life. Usually in a Song of Experience one would expect to see either more pessimism and cynicism or a depiction of the cruelty of society. The sense of awe and fear defy reason.
And it is art that brings creation to its fulfillment -- by showing the world as it is, by sharpening perception, by giving form to ideas. The tiger also stands for a divine spirit that will not be subdued by restrictions, but will arise against established rules and conventions. Well, at this point in time there was a lot of child exploitation going on. The reader will find many similarities in these two poems. The Lamb and the Tyger are just vehicles for Blake to express what he feels happens to people as they grow, develop and eventually become perverted by the world around them.
In more general terms, what does the undeniable existence of evil and violence in the world tell us about the nature of God, and what does it mean to live in a world where a being can at once contain both beauty and horror? Religion comes into play by bringing in the question of creation while pointing to the Christian God, the maker of the Lamb, as the same creator spoken of throughout this poem. This lends to quite a lyrical read of the poem. The poem has been written in a neat, regular structure with neat proportions. By the way, the claim has proved extraordinarily unpopular among Blake's non-physician admirers. On what wings dare he aspire? These are also the characteristics from which the child-speaker approaches the ideas of nature and of God.