William Blake's "The Lamb" and "The Tyger."

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There are many things to compare when it comes to William Blake's "The

Lamb" and "The Tyger." "The Lamb" is portrayed with clarity and morality.

The two poems both have a concern for the natural world of God itself.

Blake seems to have a high regard for the initiator of the Lamb but as one

reads in "The Tyger", Blake seems to be perplexed as well as bewildered by

the tiger. He does show that he appreciates the living creature but he also

adds that he cannot comprehend how anyone, or anything, could make such

a creature be graceful and at the same time be such a vicious prowler. One

can understand the status of Blake's beliefs of the Tiger because of the

strong words he uses. He constructs many references to Hell, recounting "a

furnace", "the chain", and "the hammer." (130). The whole poem is a

portrayal of the potential construction of the Tiger.

To one a quote such

as, "What dread hand, & what dread feet?" (130) can possibly center on the

initial creator him or herself. Blake might be telling the reader the message

that in order to make such a lethal being, the makers have to be fairly fatal

themselves. This might also lead one to the idea that Blake focuses on the

mere fact that there is two different creators in this world. In contrast

though he goes on to wonder if it is just one originator. "Dost thou know

who made thee?"(120) show's the point exactly. Perhaps the creator is just

one in a whole.

Blake's capability to make both prowler and prey signifies his skill to create

human being within the constraints of his own words. Many can understand

this correlation since in the world today a person can...