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The Lamb And The Tyger

            William Blake was born on November 28, 1757 in London, the third of five children. Blake worked in his fathers shop until he discovered his drawing talent. After he revealed his talent, he then started to write. He put his new found drawing talent to use after he wrote the two books Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. He did this by drawing on copper plates, which turned into the front covers to both of the books Blake wrote. Blake's most popular poems stem from the Songs of Innocence which he published in 1789. This books straight-forward fashion and simple lyrics were at first interpreted as children's poetry by some readers. Only five years later, Blake published the Songs of Experience, which he intended to be read together with the Songs of Innocence. The opposition can be noticed in that of the Songs of Innocence, such as "The Lamb," with the scenes of meadows, valleys and a more happier diction. The lamb's counterpart from the Songs of Experience, "The Tyger" involves scenes of harsh jungle and a fearless creature stalking its" prey, with a much depressing diction. .
             The poem "The Lamb" is a rather simply written poem. Stemming from the Songs of Innocence it was early on read to children . The whole first stanza of the poem asks questions about the Lambs existence and creation. "Little Lamb who made thee?" (line 1) This poem is also written in a unsophisticated rhyme pattern which seems to add the simplistic nature and childish tone of the poem. The reader gets a real feeling for the Innocence that the Lamb portrays. The animal itself, Lamb, it seen to be a very calm and .
             harmless creature. The lamb, with "wooly bright" clothing (6), plays in the pastoral settings of streams, (4) meads, (4) or meadows and vales, (8) or valleys. Concurring that streams and pastures are images commonly seen in the Bible, which is what I think Blake is referring to in much of not only this poem, but throughout his works.

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