In William Blake's "The Lamb" from Songs of Innocence, the lamb symbolizes humankind. The poem's speaker asks in the first stanza, "Little Lamb who made thee," and offers imagery of "clothing of delight / softest clothing wooly bright" to establish the innocence of the lamb. The speaker goes on to explain that its maker "calls himself a lamb" too. The creator is presented as "meek" and "mild" just like his creation.
In Songs of Experience the speaker of "The Tyger" offers a contrasting view. In considering the creation of the tiger, the speaker wonders, "What immortal hand or eye, / Could frame thy fearful symmetry?" He considers its fiery eyes and awe-inspiring physique and ponders, "Did he smile his work to see?"
Both poems invite the reader to take on the question of the nature of a God who created both a lamb and a tiger. In the penultimate stanza of "The Tiger," the speaker alludes to "The Lamb" by asking, "Did he who made the Lamb make thee?" The contrast of a predator and prey raises questions about God's plan for the inhabitants of the Earth. The two poems also invite reflection on the nature of God; if he calls himself a lamb, does he also call himself a tiger?