William Blake• an English poet, painter, and printmaker• now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age• produced a diverse and symbolically rich corpus, which embraced the imagination as "the body of God", or "Human existence itself“• "glorious luminary“• Born on 28th November 1757 in Soho in London• Established engraver
TIGER, tiger, burning bright In the forests of the night,What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes?On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand dare seize the fire?
And what shoulder and what artCould twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,What dread hand and what dread feet?
What the hammer? what the chain?In what furnace was thy brain?What the anvil? What dread graspDare its deadly terrors clasp?
When the stars threw down their spears, And waterd heaven with their tears,Did He smile His work to see?Did He who made the lamb make thee?
Tiger, tiger, burning brightIn the forests of the night,What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee?Gave thee life, and bid thee feed,By the stream and oer the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight, Softestclothing, woolly, brigh t; Gave thee such a tender voice, Making all the vales rejoice?
Little Lamb, who made thee?Dost thou know who made thee?
Little Lamb, Ill tell thee, Little Lamb, Ill tell thee. He is called by thy name,For He calls Himself a Lamb.
He is meek, and He is mild;He became a little child.I a child, and thou a lamb, We are called by His name.
Little Lamb, God bless thee!Little Lamb, God bless thee!
Structure• six quatrains in rhymed couplets• The meter is regular and rhythmic, its hammering beat suggestive of the smithy that is the poems central image.• "The Lamb" has two stanzas, each containing five rhymed couplets. Repetition in the first and last couplet of each stanza makes these lines into a refrain, and helps to give the poem its song-like quality. The flowing ls and soft vowel sounds contribute to this effect, and also suggest the bleating of a lamb or the lisping character of a childs chant.
THE TIGER THE LAMBRhyme Scheme: Rhyme Scheme:AA BB CC DD AA AA AA BB CC DD EE EF GG FE AA FF GG HH II JJ AA BBSyllables per Line: Syllables per Line:6, 6, 7, 8, 7, 7, 7, 7, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8; 7, 6, 7, 7; 6; 7, 8, 8, 7, 7, 7, 7,7 ; 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 6, 7, 8, 7, 8, 7, 7, 7, 8 6, 6, Stressed Syllables:Stressed Syllables: Fixed- 2Fixed- 2 (Accentual (Accentual Meter) Meter)
• Refrain“Little lamb who made thee”, “Little Lamb God bless thee”; “Tiger, Tiger burning bright.. .. Fearful symmetry.” were repeated twice, and several times.• ImageryThose presented as visual arts in his poems. i.e. stream,skies,hammer,fire• Symboli.e. Lamb=peace/Tiger=violence
Guide Questions: • Do you reflect as a Lamb or as a Tiger?• How do we become a Tiger? How do we become a Lamb?
Unlocking the meaning of the Literary piece Two poems made significant meanings. In comparison of both, unifying theme was delivered to assess knowledge, wisdom andconscience of individuals regarding of this very broad term called Life.
Theoretical underpinnings1. Structuralism The using of two contrasting poems with different illustrations leads to better understanding of the poems, the symbolisms where there were provoking of statements and questions unanswered for such times and the song-like quality that could be easily remembered.
2. Existentialism Humans do have free will. It is right in our own hands and own might as we take through the path on what we need or what we want. As an individual, we may feed either the tiger or the lamb, we may feed both. But the truth is we all feed on both sides. What is noticed is that what others think about you or what you let them feel. It’s still up to us for we are the masters of our own fate.3. Moral-Philosophical What is good and what is bad are symptoms of our thinking. We got to realize something as we take a step to our direction guided by our choice. We got chances to make a move as we think of some perspectives and experiences undergone. Accompanied by several good or evil influences, we still stand in our way and walk for our path.
THEMEWe are freely given privilege to choose which lead us to become GOOD and/or BAD.
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