n His father was a London haberdasher (sold
n At age ten, William went to a drawing school
and later the Royal Academy of the Arts.
n Age 14, apprenticed to the engraver James
n During the 7 years, he began reading and playing
around with poetry.
n He read voraciously the Bible, poetry,
philosophy, Greek, Latin, Hebrew
n very religious, idealistic, unconventional
n Age 24 he married Catherine Boucher.
n He taught her to read, write, engrave, and print.
n He gave drawing lessons, illustrated books,
engraved other artists works for reproduction,
and tried his hand at poetry.
n Dissatisfied with the Enlightenment poetry
led him to experiment with partial rhyme,
unique rhythms, and figures of speech.
n He used “illuminated printing” to publish
his poems with images that were integral
to the meaning.
n hand colored
n hand stitched books.
n Songs of Innocence and Experience (28
n He wanted to represent the 2 contrary states
of the human soul.
n The Book of Thel (16)
n The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (9)
n Jerusalem (5)
n Known for being deliberately outrageous
to provoke thought.
n With this poem, he suggests that holding a
grudge (suppressed anger left unchecked) can
be fatal to the self as well as the object of
wrath. Through images, punctuation, and word
choice, Blake warns that remaining silent about
our anger only hinders personal and spiritual
growth, making us bitter, and that a grudge left
unchecked becomes dangerous, even
Background for Lamb/Tyger
n One of the central themes: the Creator as a
n "The Tyger" is about having your reason
overwhelmed at once by the beauty and the
horror of the natural world.
n "rationalists" who had hoped for a tame, gentle
world guided by kindness and understanding
must face the reality of the Tyger.
n The nature of man and earth- capacity for good
and capacity for bad. The power goes both
n Tyger: Rhythm suggestive of a
n industrial revolution
n French Revolution
n Lamb: Bleating of a lamb or chanting of a