The Tyger is a representative poem of Songs of Experiences and the Lamb is of Songs of Innocence. The two poems represent the two aspects of Jesus Christ. Blake signifies the two poems with vivid and extra-ordinary Biblical image.

"The Tyger" Photographed by Vikram Roy © Copyright 26th Feb, 2012 India

Tiger is spelt as Tyger in order to suggest the fierceness, creates a roaring vibrating sound T-y-g-e-r-r-r…! The tiger is a symbol of wrath, passion and thus the image of the Christ. Christ includes within Himself the meekness of the lamb and the wrath of the tiger. The symbolism of the poem is sometimes paused to an allegorical level which damages the artistic effect!

“Tyger! Tyger! burning bright 
In the forests of the night, 
What immortal hand or eye 
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?”

The tiger is the representative of strength and force to break the bond of experiences. When the evil becomes so powerful to destroy good, innocence… a vehement force like tiger becomes necessary to protect them.

Lamb is the symbol of love, pity, joy, virtue and mercy that united the world of creatures. The lamb is as innocent as a little child. The happy child discovers God in lamb. Blake through the vision of the child sees this meekness of the lamb is alike the passion of the Christ. The lamb is a typically a good Christian poem. The symbol — “lamb of God”! The Christ is called the lamb of God. Who sacrifices himself on the wooden cross to rescue the mankind from the sins? This is a pure religious conception and that images are drawn from the New Testament.

The child knows instinctively that lamb is God, and God is a child. So the child told the lamb that—

I a child, and thou a lamb,

We are called by His name.

Actually the lamb and the tiger are symbols of two different states of the human soul. The two sections—Innocence and Experience are contrasted elements in a single design. The first part sets out an imaginative vision of the state of innocence and the second shows how life changes, corrupts and spoils. But experience is an inescapable fact. It is also a necessary stage which is very important in the cycle of life.


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51 responses »

  1. Well depicted. The Tiger and the lamb. Power and innocence… Good post.

  2. Gotta love a bit of Blake! 🙂

  3. Gorgeous photograph of the tiger!

  4. Blake is a stand out for sure. Enjoyed that last paragraph of your blog. Nice post

  5. --Rick says:

    Enjoyed this very much

  6. jakk54 says:

    Very interesting post. And, if you are a lover of Blake, I cannot recommend highly enough “Bright as Fire”, musical settings to some of Blake’s work by the Mike Westbrook Orchestra. It was produced maybe 20 years ago or more – I have it on vinyl, signed by every member of the group, too. Absolutely stunning. There are some moments, particularly when Phil Minton on “I See Thy Form” sings the phrase, “bright as fire”, that made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. Here’s the link to the Westbrook site with blurb:

  7. I do so like William Blake. I especially like his Tarot. Deck. This was a excellent review very insightful. Thanks.

  8. rich1698 says:

    That is a great poem, Blake is one of my favourites, Greast picture too

  9. granbee says:

    Vikram, we ARE called by His name and we ARE called to perservere through the cycles of life and gain experience. We ARE called to value the childlike innocent trust in HIM to get us through those cycles without too many tooth marks! This is a truly superb post of interpretation of the works of Blake you have selected.

  10. eof737 says:

    One of my favorites… 🙂

  11. sadaf@large says:

    Beautiful photography caught the tyger at the right moment…it looks like he is posing for you 🙂

  12. Yousei Hime says:

    It’s been a while since I studied Blake. Keats was always my preferred Romantic. Thank you for your recent visit and like.

  13. Wow! I really enjoyed your analysis Vikram!!! As a literature buff, I’m enjoying how you’ve combined photography with literature.

  14. ….break the bond of experiences. i a child…seeking tiger. thank you for the views and likes…brought me here…needed this! peace be

  15. yes good old Blake. I like his painting: the Soul of a Flea

  16. Ah, yes…power in simplicity.

  17. Happy birthday, Roy, I read Blake at the university, but I could never have analysed the Songs of Experience and Songs of Innocence as you have in such vivid biblical imagery. Yes, indeed, the two poems are a study in faith. Kudos.

  18. KC says:

    Whew. Those are some powerful images there.

    Protection and righteous rage, concealed behind savage beauty until it’s needed. And even then, quick clean strikes, never glorying in the kill. (Temple of the Moneylenders, anyone? 😉 )

    And soft and gentle innocence, but thoughtful, not goldfish-in-a-bowl innocence. “Hey, look it’s a castle! Wonder how long that’s been there!” Five minutes later…”Hey, look, it’s a castle!” *grins*

    No, the Lamb is innocent like a baby or child, constantly learning and growing, but preserving its precious innocence…and theirs.

    Oops…too long again. Short it, KC. Ok. I liked it. I’m…mostly not christian, but the mythos still stands on its own, and the semiotic power of it has been a strong defining voice in my life. Thanks again for liking my blog, btw. You and your list of bloggers have totally exploded all over my Chrome. 15 tabs open right now? *laughs, and scampers*

  19. duanetoops says:

    Great thoughts! The work of Thomas J.J. Altizer really helped me to come to appreciate Blake.

    Keep up the good work!



  20. Lovely post and it’s your birthday today? Happy Birthday!!!

  21. have read sth abt The Tyger in a book titled “Literature and Evil” by Bataille which I recommend!

  22. Great explanation of Lamb & Tyger!

  23. Love it. I studied Blake quite a bit back in college. Great to revisit him.

  24. Interesting, but misleading. Jesus is known as the Lamb of God, and the lamb without spot or blemish was the required sacrifice, according to the law,at Passover, and the blood put on the doorposts at the home, so that the angel of death would pass-over that location and the first born would live. Jesus is our sinless, spotless sacrifice for us. Our sins are forgiven because He gave His life, and blood for our salvation.By decalring Him as our Savior and asking Him into our lives and hearts, He takes up residence in us (His Holy Spirit resides within us) and we have eternal life. He is also known as the Lion of Judah, not a tiger, but the king of the jungle, for Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, by overcoming the world, and returning one day, soon.

  25. Someday the tiger/lion and the lamb and the little child will play together in the new world… that statement is not allegory but the holy scripture mentioned this. Great thoughts, thanks for sharing.

  26. Interesting, but misleading. Upon study of the bible, you will find that Jesus is the Lamb of God, and is known due to the requirements of the law concerning sacrifice for sin. The lamb was to be without blemish or spot, Jesus is sinless, and the Passover lamb was required at Passover to be sacrificed and the blood spread on the doorposts of the homes of the Jews so that the angel of death would pass-over that home and the first born would live. Jesus is our Passover sacrifice, the only Begotten Son of God, the Father, who paid the price of all our sins and afflictions with His life and blood. When we believe in Him and ask Him in our hearts and lives, He comes to live in our hearts and we receive the Holy Spirit. One such reference that the Father and Son live within us is (John 14:22,23) . Jesus is also known as the Lion of Judah, not a tiger. The lion is the king of the jungle, and Jesus is known as the King of kings and Lord of Lords. By the way, God turns away fron sorcery, as in tarot cards, and warns us to stay away from it. Saul lost his kingdom because of it., and anointing of God. There is so much more, but this is a beginning.

  27. iterlibertas says:

    Great post and good view on the Blake poem.

  28. I’m fond of Blake and his poetry. Thanks for this.

  29. bography says:


    Your “Actually the lamb and the tiger are symbols of two different states of the human soul. The two sections—Innocence and Experience are contrasted elements in a single design. The first part sets out an imaginative vision of the state of innocence and the second shows how life changes, corrupts and spoils.”

    The lamb represents love, gentleness, innocence, etc, and the tiger represents wrath (of Christ). Right? You then have the following pairs: 1. Lamb – innocence, and 2. Wrath – experience. The second pair seems odd.

  30. firecook says:

    Hi thanks for liking a post of mine and I like the poem Lamb and Tiger. Pretty cool

  31. patricia720 says:

    I see the lamb as the “actualizes self” and the tiger “the shadow” -the dark side. Life becomes the game to balance the two. Neither, is good or bad both, have their place in the evolution of consciousness. Carl G. Jung put it this way, “Bringing to conscious what hides in the unconscious.”

  32. michnavs says:

    you got me hook in there hah!!!.. beautiful…

  33. lisingnumbers says:

    Thanks Vikram. That was very invigorating stuff. Looking forward to reading more from you

  34. lindaravello says:

    So cool that you are quoting Blake on here. Thank you for ‘balancing’ my morning

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