William Blake "The Lamb" Versus "The Tiger"

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William Blake "The lamb" versus "The tiger" - Blake's own decoration of his own volumes There is no doubt that William Blake was both a great artist, and a brilliant poet. He had the gift of ennobling simple words and things through imagination. He used his talent and imagination, but also his vision to create something that was incomparable and unusual for that period in the British history. Being convinced that poetry, music and art are all forms with a common content Blake decorated his poems with drawings and colors, using an original and unique technique of engraving. This way appeared his famous Illuminated Books. Blake’s poetry, as well as his drawings are strongly imaginative, and at the same time, full of meaning. For William Blake “innocence” and “experience” are ways of perception that would become very common in the early Romanticism. For the romantics, childhood meant a time and a state of pure “innocence”, unhappily affected by the fallen world and its institutions. As a consequence, this world becomes known through “experience”, a state of being marked by the loss of childhood optimism and enthusiasm, by fright and inhibition, and by social and political corruption. William Blake considered that without contraries there is no progression and, indeed, some of his works are built on oppositions, like The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Ideas of Good and Evil or, of course, the volume Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Two of Blake’s famous collections of poetry are Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. The two collections go together-that is, many of the poems in Songs of Innocence have corresponding poems in Songs of Experience. Many of the poems are religious and a prime example of contrasting two poems is 'The Lamb' from Songs of Innocence and 'The Tyger' from Songs of Experience. Most of the poems are grouped like this, into pairs, in
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