The Songs of Innocence: The Lamb and The Tyger, were poems written by William Blake. The Lamb, which took a childlike perspective on a world filled with innocence and eager, has a happy ending and also depicts a happy life. The Tyger, on the other hand, was published six years after the publication of the Lamb. It takes an adult’s perceptive and paints the world as rather a terrible place and also questions the existence of the creator. Although there are numerous aspects of the contract between the two poems, the research will analyze how William Blake used various elements such as repetition, imagery, and symbolism in the lyrics.
In the two poems, William Blake used imagery and symbolism to draw out multiple images and meaning which normally might gain attention. Firstly, the songs have used imagery to draw out a Christian and biblical image. The poet expresses his religious beliefs through the poems in a way that might not infringe those who have chosen not to be believers. The lamb was used to symbolize innocence and purity. Similarly, the Bible often refers to the Lamb who is also Jesus Christ. Furthermore, in the Old Testament were religious rites which symbolized the Israelites obedience; lambs were used to offer sacrifice. The image of the Tyger, on the other hand, was used to depict a terrible creature; taking a Christian perspective; the Tyger can be compared to the devil. Secondly, the poet also used repetition to put more emphasis on the concept of the lamb and the tiger. For instance, in The Lamb, the poet kept repeating, “Little lamb who made thee.” In The Tyger, there was the repetition of the first and the last stanza, “TygerTyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry?” The repetition of the stanzas emphasized the poet’s disbelief and eager to know who exactly created the tiger, a creature so dark and evil.