Tiger and Lamb in "Songs of Experience" and "Song of Innocence" by William Blake.

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God's Nature.

Blake published two very famous books of poems, "Songs of Experience" and "Song of Innocence". The poems from "Songs of Experience" are all about God who brought the evil and suffering into the world. The "Songs of the Innocence" are talking about the redemptive God of the New Testament, like Jesus. The lamb is from the "Songs of Innocence" and the tiger from the "Songs of Experience". William Blake sees God as a benevolent being, yet he also knows that God is to be feared. William Blake expresses two almost opposite view in his poems Tiger and Lamb. He expresses the attitude of "a life of security" in Lamb and the attitude of "a life without hope" in Tiger.

What made William Blake write the way he did? Did society have a major impact in the way Blake wrote these two poems? Generally the content of Blake's poems comes from the time in which they were written.

History was a major influence in the way he wrote and the convictions that he believed transformed into his poetry. During the late eighteenth-century he saw an increase of antagonism between the upper class and the lower class. The upper class believed the lower classes had become rebellious. The lower classes questioned the authority of the upper class to keep them in obedience. Blake's poem reflects the upper class as the Tiger and the lower class as the Lamb. The upper class brings the lower class to submission. Back then the government played a diminished role in the economy, and only wealthy landholders could elect Members of Parliament. () Hence, the wealthy ruled what went on in the society.

Here how Blake unified the history into his poetry for example in this quote which is from the...