The Poems Of William Blake Essay

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The Poems of William Blake

What have you understood, from reading the poems of William Blake?

William Blake, a late 18th century English Romantic poet uses
traditional forms for his poetry in that he blends the ballad, the
nursery rhyme and the hymn. The meaning he constructs from these forms
however is far from traditional. His style was to express very complex
ideas in very simple language and compressing a lot of deep meaning
into often very short poems. Blake was a rebel and was over enjoyed
when the French revolution liberated the repressed underclass. He
wanted social equality but the industrial revolution just widened the
gap between the rich and the poor. He often ...view middle of the document...

When he compares
'The Lamb' to Jesus then 'The Tyger’ seems to tackle the issue of evil
in the world head-on. The construction of the Tyger by the immense
Creator using heavy industrial machinery symbolises the creation of an
evil; the Establishment which is presented as being too powerful and
altogether too evil for any beast to ‘frame’ or control. Using this
interpretation, The Tyger then precisely reflects Blake’s thoughts of
the Establishment and wants us to believe and understand them too.
You can see how he used nature to represent and portray the happenings
of his time. Within his work I see how he questioned God, the creator,
asking a lot of rhetorical questions like,' Did he smile his work to
see? Did he who made the Lamb make thee? These questions have no right
or wrong answer they just are put there out of Blake's mind boggling
imagination to make the reader ponder about the creator, good and
evil. I say the answer is ''Yes, God made the Tyger too". I interpret
‘The Tyger’ as a poem that addresses the creation of evil in the
world. More specifically, in the context of Blake’s other work and
personal opinion, as a subtle message that the creation of the
Establishment was a creation of a great evil. ‘The Tyger’ is a poem
full of rich, powerful imagery and sound. The tiger being such a
terrifying creature Blake is asking after God had created it was he
happy with his work and did the very same creator create such an evil
creature as well as such beautiful creatures like the lamb and all the
goodness as well. The Tyger", which actually finishes without an
answer, is about your own experience of not getting a completely
satisfactory answer to this essential question of faith. ‘The Tyger’
is very musical and creates a forceful drum-beat reflecting the power
of both the tiger and its Creator. Beginning from the first two words;
‘Tyger / Tyger’ this heavy, steady rhythm continues almost throughout
and reinforcing it is the repetition of the first stanza as the last.
The one small change made the substitution of ‘Dare’ for ‘Could’ is
important as it creates a double stress ‘Dare frame’ in replacement of
the iambic Foot ‘Could frame.’ The heavy, hammering sound of this foot
reflects the fact that the poem’s question has grown; that the more
the speaker ponders the tiger, the more astounding its Creator’s power
seems. This power that the Creator is indicated to have is important
to the development of the poem’s message and it is here that ambiguous
areas of the poem must be interpreted; that the tiger is unable to be
‘framed’ may be read as the inability of anything to control or
‘capture’ it. Not even the immense power of the Creator is able to
constrain the evil that it has created. It is here that the main point
of the poem is made, and this is done principally through irony – the
Creator has created a beast burning so brightly of evil that it even
‘shines’ from the forests of Experience, of such...

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