Death in "Do Not Go Essay

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As innocence and purity are often symbolically associated with lambs, they are often used as religious sacrifices. The lamb is described as having "Softest clothing wooly bright" and having "such a tender voice, / Making all the vales rejoice" (lines 6-8). Not only does Blake insinuate that the lamb is an innocent creature because of its physical descriptors, but also because of what it represents symbolically. This is illustrated through the rhetorical question, "Do you know who made thee?" And corresponding answer, "Little Lamb I'll tell thee:/He is called by thy name/For he calls himself a Lamb" (lines 12-14). Blake proceeds to describe characteristics that are found in the lamb and in God's son saying, "He is meek & he is mild/He became a little child:/I a child & thou a lamb,/We are called by his name" (lines 15-18). By stating "He became a little child," Blake associates being a child with being innocent because they have not been exposed to experiences that will make them aware of the difference between good and evil (line 16).

Through his description of the lamb in the poem, Blake is able to establish a connection between the lamb as an animal and the lamb as a religious symbol. Moreover, Blake is able to associate the lamb with being innocent and ignorant of the world around it, taking pleasure in what its creator has designated as being pleasurable.

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Blake's "The Tyger" in Songs of Experience is intended to complement "The Lamb" in Songs of Innocence. Much like "The Lamb," "The Tyger" is used to explore Blake's views on religion, creation, and highlights the relation between innocence and experience.

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While Blake does not go into great detail in "The Lamb" about the animal's creation, how the tiger came to be is scrutinized more in-depth. While the lamb has been described as being meek or mild, the tiger has a "fearful symmetry" (line 4). Additionally, Blake questions the tiger's creator's mindset and asks, "What immortal hand or eye/Could frame thy fearful symmetry…What the hand, dare seize the fire?/And what should, & what art,/Could twist the sinews of thy heart?" (lines 3-4; 8-10). This line of questioning raises doubts within Blake and he tries to reconcile with the possibility that "he who made the Lamb" also made the tiger (line 20). The dichotomy between the lamb as an innocent and good creature and the tiger as being representative of experience and possibly evil is highlighted through Blake's reference to the War in Heaven. Blake asks, "When the stars threw down their spears/And water'd heaven with their tears: / Did he smile his work to see?" As if to imply that regardless of innocence and experience that a being may have, it is by some greater design that creatures where made the way they were (line 17-19).

While the lamb does not know how it came into being, nor is there much description given, "The Tyger" makes it a point to emphasize that there the creation of the tiger required much forethought and takes into consideration of the great power that the creature possess.

Works Cited

Blake, William. "The Lamb." Songs of Innocence.

Blake, William. "The Tyger." Songs of Experience.

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