The Poems of William Blake

Contrast between "The Tyger" and "The Lamb"

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

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The Tyger emphasizes the moral decay and evil in the world, The Lamb innocence and purity. Through these two poems, we are reminded that God created both the lamb and the tyger. Note, the poem, The Tyger also uses the lamb as a symbol of innocence.

“The Tyger” is solely made up of unanswered questions. The poem prods us to think deeply on the complex universe we're a part of and to ponder God's great and awesome power. This is not a poem for the innocent, but it based upon what the experienced deem unexplainable. The Lamb, on the other hand, speaks to the unerring, innocent faith of a child not yet sullied by evil and experience.