Many writers, artists, and poets have a very specific style that is unique to them and resonates throughout their work. Although there are many similarities between their works, there are apparent differences between each one. William Blake, a poet, wrote two books, first one being ‘Songs of Innocence’ and later on wrote another one named ‘Songs of Experience’. It was very intriguing to find out that each poem from ‘Songs of Innocence’ referred to another poem from ‘Songs of Experience’, it seemed like they all had some kind of relation. Songs of Innocence was written first explaining the purity of a young child in their early life, not having a full understanding of the world. Songs of Experience was written a few years later explaining the maturity a person builds up as they get older and their explicit perspective of life.

‘The Lamb’ poem written in Songs of Innocence is about a child talking to a little lamb. In the first stanza, he asks the lamb if he knows who created him, gave him life, food, clothing, and his tender voice. In the second stanza, the child answers his own question. Telling the lamb that he was created by the one who calls himself a lamb. This is a christian reference of Jesus Christ representing a lamb. This concedes the child being naive and pure by implanting religion into the poem to reveal the ‘innocence’ of it.

‘The Tyger’ poem written in Songs of Experience is about a fearsome tiger. The first stanza is started off with the speaker asking the tiger what divine being could have created this vicious creature. The speaker asks lots of questions wondering how the horrible heart beats and why the creator continues to let that carry on. Then the speaker asks what the creator was thinking of the aftermath, “Did he smile at his work to see?”. Then his last question is asking if the one who created the lamb is the same one who created the tiger.

The remarkable connection between these two poems highlight the similarities and differences of these two different animals. One similarity is that both speakers asked who their creator is and the tiger poem actually mentions the lamb linking them both to the same creator. Another similarity is the rhyming in both the poems. Some differences are the speakers, where one was set on knowing who created him while the other wondering why the creator of this animal would even think of creating such a creature. The lamb being depicted as “good” and the tiger as “evil”. Essentially conveying that these two come hand in hand and their titles say it all if you look at it in distinct comparison.

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William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team)
William completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in 2013. He current serves as a lecturer, tutor and freelance writer. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, walking his dog and parasailing. Article last reviewed: 2022 | St. Rosemary Institution © 2010-2024 | Creative Commons 4.0

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