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William Blake's Poetic Style

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 night./ What immortal hand or eye/ Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?" (Blake 42).

And in the symbol of the lamb, Blake finds signs of the gentleness and joy of the Creator: "Little Lamb, . . . / Dost thou know who . . . / Gave thee clothing of delight,/ Softest clothing, woolly, bright;/ Gave thee such a tender voice,/ Making all the vales rejoice?" (Blake 8).

From these lines, both the Romantic and Biblical influences are clear, in terms of both style and meaning. Words such as "dost," "thou" and "thee" indicate a highly respectful, even sacred tone taken by the speaker toward the tiger and the lamb. The mixing of awe for the terrifying tiger and the gentle lamb show that the speaker recognizes that the Creator behind them is a mysterious force capable of imagining and bringing to form such disparate entities.

The symbol of the lamb is most importantly associated with Jesus Christ, known as the Lamb of God, giving us the sense that the two poems in conjunction, perhaps, are meant to symbolize the might of Jehovah and the meekness of Jesus.

Blake uses the great orange-and-black striped beast to stand for the mysterious and threatening might of nature in the form of a wild animal. The first four lines of the poem introduce the image of the tiger in relation to the maker of the tiger, or God, the "immortal hand or eye." The poem is made up of questions about the Creator behind the tiger, rather than an argument about ...

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