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Symbolism inBlake’s Poems
“the Tyger” and “the Lamb”
Presented by
Abdul Farooq Khan
Assigned by
Mam Ammara Maqsood
Department of English Language and Literature, Minhaj University Lahore.
Symbolism
Symbolism is the poetic/artistic movement or style in which symbols are used to represent the
ideas or qualities...
Symbols in “The Lamb”
1. The Lamb
The lamb is the symbol of innocence and purity. It signifies here to the Christ and huma...
2. Forests of the night
It symbolizes the world of experience where many errors conceal the path and dim the light.
3. Imm...
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Symbolism in willam blake's the tyger

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The Tyger is very short poem by Blake.
This assignment covers the "Symbols" used in "The Tyger" and "The Lamb".

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Symbolism in willam blake's the tyger

  1. 1. Symbolism inBlake’s Poems “the Tyger” and “the Lamb” Presented by Abdul Farooq Khan Assigned by Mam Ammara Maqsood
  2. 2. Department of English Language and Literature, Minhaj University Lahore.
  3. 3. Symbolism Symbolism is the poetic/artistic movement or style in which symbols are used to represent the ideas or qualities. Symbolic meanings are given to the words and these meanings are different from their literal sense. It gives a writer freedom to add double levels of meanings to his work: a literal one that is self- evident and the symbolic one whose meaning is far more profound than the literal one. The symbolism, therefore, gives universality to the characters and the themes of a piece of literature. Symbolism in literature evokes interest in readers as they find an opportunity to get an insight of the writer’s mind on how he views the world and how he thinks of common objects and actions, having broader implications. There are some general symbols that are used commonly like 1. Dove is the symbol of peace 2. Black color represents the evil or death 3. Broken Mirror may symbolize separation. Here, in this assignment, we are concerned with the poetic symbolism. In poetry writer uses different tools like similes, metaphors, allegory etc for this purpose. For this purpose William Blake’s two poems “The Tyger” and “The Lamb” has been selected.
  4. 4. Symbols in “The Lamb” 1. The Lamb The lamb is the symbol of innocence and purity. It signifies here to the Christ and human innocence. In the last few lines of the poem Blake tells the reader that Creator is in both of them, in lamb and in child too. When a human is child, he is innocent like a lamb or Christ. 2. Clothing of Delight …. Softest clothing wooly bright; These lines points to the softness of the lamb. Lamb is awarded by the clothing that is delightful, soft, wool and bright. All these words have something in common which we can say is virtue. 3. Tender voice…. Making all the vales rejoice: “Tender Voice” is the symbol of sympathy and love. The lamb is awarded with sympathy and love that is letting the all humanity rejoice. It means Christ is the sympathetic to humanity and loves the all humans 4. He is meek & he is mild: Blake is signifying to the creator that he is meek and mild. His meekness and mildness is also present in lamb and the child. Symbols in “The Tyger” 1. The Tyger “The Tyger” is the most confusing symbol in Blake’s poetry. Many critics have been evaluating it as devil but it is not the case. “The Tyger” is not devil but another state of human nature. It is experienced version of “The Lamb”. When the innocence is being affected or attacked by the evil, then a man should be “The Tyger” to restore it.
  5. 5. 2. Forests of the night It symbolizes the world of experience where many errors conceal the path and dim the light. 3. Immortal hand or aye Immortal hand or aye is the symbol used for the creator. 4. When the stars through their tears Stars symbolize angles. This may denotes to the fallen angels. They threw their spares and wept on creation of the tyger and their defeat. 5. Tools of Blacksmith Hammer, chain etc are the tools of blacksmith. Blake, in his all poetry, use this symbol for the creator. 6. The fire Fire has widely been used as a symbol of wrath. Spenser wrote “Wrath is a fire”. Milton, inspiration of Blake, spoke of flames as the “Sign of wrath awaked”. So Blake also used this symbol for wrath and he found some good in wrath. He wrote “The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God” and also “the tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction”. He intends to suggest that the great purpose of wrath is to consume error, to annihilate those stubborn beliefs which cannot be removed by the tame “Horses of Instruction”. Conclusion Most of the critics consider “The Lamb” as virtue and “The Tyger” as daemon but this is not the right consideration. “The Lamb” and “The Tyger” are symbols for two different states of the human soul. When the lamb is destroyed by experience, the tyger is needed to restore the world.

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