Blake identified God's creative process with the work of an artist. The man with a revolutionary spirit can use such powers to fight against the evils of experience. William Blake 1757-1827 was an English poet, painter, and printer who was largely ignored during his time, but is now considered to be one of the seminal figures in British romantic poetry. I was drawn to his irreverence, the fact that he was writing as if he lived in the contemporary… 1593 Words 7 Pages Poetry Analysis — Extended Response Worthwhile poetry does make the audience think, it impacts the ways individuals think and how they interpret the hidden messages and morals taught throughout them. But none of these readings quite settles down into incontrovertible fact. My undergraduate work's in English Lit.
And when thy heart began to beat, What dread hand? I'm a pathologist in Kansas City. This also reflects the nature of God as he contemplates that a God could be just as loving and just as lethal when needed be. Whether looking at an innocent lamb or a ferocious tiger, we ask the same kinds of questions. Tyger, Tyger burning bright, In the forests of the night: What immortal hand or eye, Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? When the life of the spirit was reduced to a sea of atoms, the Creator set a limit below which it could not deteriorate farther, and began creating the world of nature. The poet wonders how the creator would have felt after completing his creation.
As a result, the poet starts off with poetic allusions, entirely open-ended for the reader to perceive as he pleases. Lesson Summary In summary, 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger' represent the contrary states of the human soul that are the subject of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Tyger Tyger burning bright, In the forests of the night: What immortal hand or eye, Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? The imaginative artist is synonymous with the creator. Yesterday's romantic poets and today's liberation theologians write about Christ as rebel, liberator, advocate for the politically oppressed, type of Prometheus, and so forth. When I hear the word, I think of among other things a blathering alcoholic adult bully ridiculing and beating a small child. What's more, the imagery Blake uses to describe the creator of the tiger is much more menacing.
While the creator is still God, the means of creation for so dangerous a creature is mechanical rather than natural. I do autopsies, help with criminal and civil cases, and carry a big teaching load as a chief. Other people will tell you the Tyger represents evil. We have not only the lamb Christ like humility but also the tiger like quality for spiritual revolution and freedom from falsities. In this way I think he is comparing the tiger to a weapon. In what furnace was thy brain? As apparent, the poet is getting impatient and embarks on questioning the faith and its overalls.
The speaker stands in awe of the tiger as a sheer physical and aesthetic achievement, even as he recoils in horror from the moral implications of such a creation; for the poem addresses not only the question of who could make such a creature as the tiger, but who would perform this act. Why does this exist, or how did this come to exist? He considers the tiger's features and uses powerful, fiery imagery to describe them and how they were made. If so, how can mere mortals, trapped in one state or the other, ever hope to understand this God? It strikes him as odd that a creator would create a gentle lamb, and then at the same time create a predator that would destroy it. Thus the collection as a whole explores the value and limitations of two different perspectives on the world. William Blake and Digital Humanities:Collaboration, Participation, and Social Media.
In more general terms, what does the undeniable existence of evil and violence in the world tell us about the nature of God, and what does it mean to live in a world where a being can at once contain both beauty and horror? The poem at times is all about questions to the divine with at least 13-different questions asked in the poems entirety. God created tiger as a dominant creature while the lamb is simply a weakling compared to tiger. Blake's story of creation differs from the Genesis account. The real heirs of the classical poets are the lyricists of popular music. Kazin says to begin to wonder about the tiger, and its nature, can only lead to a daring to wonder about it.
Comparing the Lamb and the Tyger What, then, is the connection between these poems? Job, too, was confronted by the sheer awe and power of God, who asks the suffering man a similar series of rhetorical questions designed to lead Job not to an answer, but to an understanding of the limitations inherent in human wisdom. What kind of a God, then, could or would design such a terrifying beast as the tiger? This is both God the Creator personified in Blake's myth as Los and Blake himself again with Los as his alter-ego. Blake continued to print the work throughout his life. The stanza is steeped in rhythmic poetry, adding flair and color. Before we jump into the 'The Tyger' and 'The Lamb,' let's discuss the larger bodies of work the poems belong to.
He is trying to reconcile ideas about God with the reality of the world around him. And when thy heart began to beat, What dread hand? Burnt the fire of thine eyes?. Blake begins the poem by beginning a conversation with the tiger and almost immediately begins his questions of who could make such a fierce creature. Indeed, we might take such an analysis further and see the duality between the lamb and the tiger as being specifically about the two versions of God in Christianity: the vengeful and punitive Old Testament God, Yahweh, and the meek and forgiving God presented in the New Testament. The broader point is one that many Christian believers have had to grapple with: if God is all-loving, why did he make such a fearsome and dangerous animal? In believing that creation followed a cosmic catastrophe and a fall of spiritual beings into matter, Blake recalls Gnosticism, a multi-faceted religious movement that has run parallel to mainstream Christianity. As a result, what kind of being can be both violent and so magnificent simultaneously? When I use the term imagery, I'm not just referring to words and phrases that create pictures in the reader's head. What the hand dare seize the fire? Did he who made the Lamb make thee? Given this advantage for his inspiration, Blake used this as a chance to illustrate his personal philosophy of the human necessity to find a middle ground between their lamb and their tiger to achieve true happiness and personal acceptance.
By the way, the claim has proved extraordinarily unpopular among Blake's non-physician admirers. Burnt the fire of thine eyes? If so, how can mere mortals, trapped in one state or the other, ever hope to understand this God? One of the central themes in his major works is that of the Creator as a blacksmith. Everything is ruined by trade; everything is blurry, being smeared by laborious work. It is created in the fire of imagination by the god who has a supreme imagination, spirituality and ideals. Blake living in London at the time of writing this poem led him to much human interaction displaying human behavior from both sides of this spectrum on numerous day to day occasions. The perspective of experience in this poem involves a sophisticated acknowledgment of what is unexplainable in the universe, presenting evil as the prime example of something that cannot be denied, but will not withstand facile explanation, either.
It becomes a symbolic allegory to God in hindsight. In the third and fourth stanzas, Blake introduces another central metaphor, explicitly drawing a comparison between God and a blacksmith. Did he who made the Lamb make thee? Could twist the sinews of thy heart? Presumably the question is rhetorical; the real question-behind-the-question is why. For his era, he was extremely radical, both politically and philosophically. The question Blake asks draws our attention to the differences between 'The Tyger' and 'The Lamb,' but it also points to what the poems have in common. Even though they originally appeared in different volumes, 'The Tyger' and 'The Lamb' can be connected if we read them closely. What's more, instead of just describing the lamb, Blake speaks to the lamb directly and asks it questions.