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Blake's Unanswered Questions
|art print of Blake's The Number of The Beast is 666|
Little Lamb who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?
The poem appeared in Blake’s 1794 volume Songs of Experience, which complemented his earlier collection, Songs of Innocence. I was taught that the poem was a kind of answer to the earlier "The Lamb."
"The Tyger" is a series of questions as the speaker wonders about a creator who would make something so fearsome. The tiger is "burning bright" and its creator is a kind of blacksmith.
In the fifth stanza, Blake brings in the "stars" which I have always associated with both astrology and destiny.
Blake seems to ask why this all-loving God made such a fearsome animal? "Did he who made the Lamb make thee?"
"The Tyger" is in Blake’s Songs of Experience, and is seen as a complement to the earlier Songs of Innocence with its innocent "The Lamb." Was Blake reconsidering the innocence of the world?
|Scan of a plate printed by William Blake from Songs of Experience (1794)|
British Museum, Public Domain via Wikimedia
March 4, 2021
|Dolls by ErikaWittlieb|