Discuss the symbolism William Blake used in his poems "The Lamb" and "The Tyger."

William Blake used symbolism in his poems "The Lamb" and "The Tiger" in order to contrast two different aspects of the human experience and of God's creation. While the lamb symbolizes the purity, goodness, and innocence of the world before the fall from grace in Eden, the tiger symbolizes the danger, mystery, and fearsomeness of the world after humanity was banished from paradise.

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The lamb and tiger are symbolic of the state of man before and after the fall from grace in the garden of Eden, or perhaps the lamb is more representative of a kind of purity of spirit or innocence, whereas the tiger is evidence that the world is a dangerous and mysterious place. More simply still, the lamb is symbolic of good, the tiger of evil.

It's fair to say that "The Lamb" is more childlike in structure and tone and that this childlike innocence is the essence of the lamb. It's also true that the poem is structured as a kind of quiz: the poet poses a series of rhetorical questions about the Creator ("Dost thou know who made thee?"). In that sense, we can understand the lamb as symbolic of the goodness of creation and the unconditional love of God.

"The Tyger " is also a kind of argument, in which the poet poses a series of questions about the creator of the tiger. Here, the tiger is symbolic of mortal dread, of a fierce monster that lurks "in the forests of the night," suggesting...

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