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BLAKE V DICKINSON

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Steve Le Eng 103- Dr. Soles 11/1/05 Comparing the Poetry of William Blake and Emily Dickinson William Blake and Emily Dickinson both used symbolism very often in their poetry. They used symbolism as a way to use abstract concepts as the theme of their poems. For instance, in Blake’s “The Tyger”, the tiger is a symbol that shows evil is real, that a force other than God must exist and must have created the tiger. That is similar to the way Dickinson uses the symbol of the gun to show how people can have relationships, fairly complex relations, with nonliving things. The tiger and the gun are merely concrete symbols used to convey abstract conceptual themes. These poems are not the only examples of these author’s using symbolism. Blake also wrote “The Lamb”, a poem which uses the lamb as a symbol of good, of God. The poems are basically opposites of each other. The Lamb shares it’s name with the one who created it- “Dost thou know who created thee?… He is called by thy name.” He is referring to the lamb of God. The Lamb is such an innocent and beautiful creature, it must have been created by God himself. On the other hand, the tiger couldn’t have been created by God, because it is such a fierce and fearful animal. Blake repeatedly asks who created the tiger, but never gets an answer: “what immortal hand or eye, could frame thy fearful symmetry?”… “Did he who make the Lamb make thee?
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