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"The Tyger" and "The Lamb" TWIST Comparison
Updated: 6/26/2019
"The Tyger" and "The Lamb" TWIST Comparison
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The Tyger by William Blake

Lesson Plans by Bridget Baudinet

“The Tyger” is William Blake’s most widely taught poem. Its repetitive style and short length make it accessible to young readers, but the topic it explores is anything but childish. In “The Tyger”, Blake not only explores the coexistence of good and evil, but he also questions the source of their existence, asking how a single creator could create both beauty and horror. The poem resonates with modern readers because its essential question remains unanswered. Questions like “why do good people suffer?” and “how can good people do bad things?” both tie in with the poem’s premise. While “The Tyger” can be understood on a surface level without much prior knowledge, it also includes powerful metaphors and a number of religious and classical allusions that can enrich analysis and interest advanced students.


Juxtaposition in Literature

Juxtaposition

By Anna Warfield

Juxtaposition is a literary term describing the placement of things near one another. The "things" could be people, places, ideas, objects, moods, motifs, emotions, etc. Juxtaposition as a literary element is accomplished by placing two (or more) "things" near each other. Much like classification in science, and comparing and contrasting, when placing two objects next to one another, the similarities and differences are typically noticeable right away. The less alike the two are, the greater the contrast, and the easier it is to spot the contrasts.




The Tyger

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Poem analysis: The Tyger and The Lamb TWIST Comparison - Juxtaposition

Storyboard Text

  • "The Tyger"
  • T - Tone
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  • W - Word Choice
  • I - Imagery
  • S - Style
  • Who made you?
  • Who made you?
  • Who made you?
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  • T - Theme
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  • Awed and fearful: The speaker finds the tiger and its creator terrifying, but he is also impressed by their power
  • fearful, fire, dare, twist, dread, terrors, spears, tears
  • "Tyger Tyger, burning bright, / In the forests of the night..."
  • The poem is a series of repeated questions posed in six regular stanzas. The questions intensify the emotion of the poem, but remain unanswered at the end of the poem.
  • Who made me?
  • Who made you?
  • The inability to answer the speaker's question leads to a theme about humanity's inability to understand the origins of evil in our world.
  • "The Lamb"
  • Cheerful and comforting: The speaker describes the lamb's idyllic life and is confident that God is caring for the lamb
  • lamb, delight, softest, bright, tender, rejoice, meek, mild, child, bless
  • "Little Lamb...bid thee feed / By the stream and o'er the mead..."
  • The poem contains two stanzas with simple language and short syllables. The first stanza asks a question and the second stanza answers it.
  • Oh, God did. Got it.
  • The poem's comforting words send a message that God loves and cares for all his creatures.

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