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William Blake Essay

  • Submitted by: jerpal1
  • on February 21, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 365 words

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In the poem the lamb, I interpreted that William Blake discusses many points questioning creation and religion. He describes the lamb as being an object of innocence and fragility when he says, “Gave thee clothing of delight, softest clothing, woolly, bright; Gave thee such a tender voice’ (line 5). ‘Blake develops an elaborate personal mythology that underlies virtually all symbolism and ideas in his work. Blake discusses that the creator of the lamb also calls himself a lamb. With this, he brings religious significance into the poem. In the new Testament, Jesus of Nazareth is referred as God’s Lamb.

        'The Tiger” by William Blake describes the tiger as being a symbol of evil. This is displayed when Blake says 'What an anvil? what dread grasp, Dare its deadly terrors clasp?'(15-16).   By repeating variations of the word 'dread' in the poem, he emphasizes the evil of tiger and the evil this tiger possesses. The mighty beast is whole world of experience outside ourselves, a world of igneous creation and destruction, faced with a terrifying beauty.

        Being a chimney sweeper as a child in this era most likely means, you have lost your innocence of childhood a long time ago. As a result, the speaker is a child, who speaks with the firmness and intelligence of an adult. This shows the brutal work that child chimney sweepers had to go through and how it affected them. The alliteration in this poem describes their lives greatly. "I sweep & in soot I sleep." is an example of the hardships these kids had to live through. The placing of these lines in the beginning of the poem makes it seem as if the speaker is neutral on the subject and that it does not matter when it truly does to the speaker.
        In Infant Sorrow, the speaker describes the child brought into life where he is not needed. His parents wept because they are barely able to take care of themselves instead of another child. We are brought into this world bound, struggling and live with...

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