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Romanticism in Blake's Poetry

In these poems, the tiger and the lamb are themselves seen as extremes of the natural world of both beasts and the wild and gentle sides of humanity. The tiger is the symbol of untamed and fierce power and danger, while the lamb is the symbol of nature in its most tame and domesticated form.

Blake is not simply trying to compare these two extremes, however, but rather to praise them both in wonder for their special qualities. In fact, he celebrates not only the tiger and the lamb, but the God who made them, and the "Lamb" (Jesus Christ) in whom the poet clearly believes. Writing about the lamb, Blake employs such a simple style that it seems he could be writing a children's poem. In fact, it could be the invocation from Jesus that only "as children" (in spirit) can a person enter into the Kingdom of God. In the symbol of the lamb, Blake finds signs of the gentleness and joy of the Creator. He asks the Lamb the question of who made it, then answers: "He is called by thy name,/ For he calls himself a Lamb./ He is meek, and he is mild;

He became a little child" (Blake 8).

The symbol of the tiger and lamb are the objects of the poet's wonder and appreciation, but Blake is finally most concerned with the Creator of such extreme examples of the visible and natural world. He sees in the symbol of the tiger signs of the majesty and power of the Creator: "Tiger! Tiger! burning bright/ In the forests of the nig


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