The opening verses slowly leads to the primary objective of the poem, contemplating about God in the heavens above. It is a reference both to the lamb as a meek, gentle animal, and to Jesus, referred to in the Bible as the Lamb of God. Here is the tiger, fierce and brutal in its quest for sustenance; there is the lamb, meek and gentle in its quest for survival. What the hand, dare seize the fire? On what wings dare he aspire? Was he pleased with his handiwork? In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes? When you see crazy or unexpected metaphors like this — which always happens with Blake — slow down and chew on them for a minute. As a result, the poet starts off with poetic allusions, entirely open-ended for the reader to perceive as he pleases. Wen the stars threw down their spears, And watered heaven with their tears, Did He smile His work to see? Each line ends in a period, making each a statement about the human soul. And when thy heart began to beat, What dread hand? As the poem leads on gradually, the poem clearly makes it a point to discuss God as an entity as opposed to the tyger.
The poems have a rhythm similar to a nursery rhyme which makes them appealing to children as well as to adults. The archetypal image of fire is used frequently in this poem. Blake was not a terribly religious person although he was quite spiritual. What could this suggest about the natural world? The speaker wonders if the tiger is good or evil. In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes? But none of these readings quite settles down into incontrovertible fact. The archetype of the lamb is compared to that of a tiger, emphasizing they were made by different creators. Tyger, tyger, burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? In conclusion, the poet ends his poem with perspectives of innocence and experience, both a subject of great interest to him.
This post is part of the series: Romantic Poets: Blake and Wordsworth. It became an instant literary classic amongst all-time classic poems of modern era. What the hand dare seize the fire? Each line ends in a period, making each a statement about the human soul. It appeared in Songs of Experience, first published in 1794 as part of the dual collection Songs of Innocence and Experience. In what furnace was thy brain? The archetypal image of the lamb is used in this poem. As the poet contends, that such a powerfully destructive living entity can be a creation of a purely, artful God.
The struggle of humanity is based on the concept of the contrary nature of things, Blake believed, and thus, to achieve truth one must see the contraries in innocence and experience. The distant deeps or skies allude to hell or heaven. Like a tiger, evil is powerful, but terrifying. The stanza is steeped in rhythmic poetry, adding flair and color. What the hand dare seize the fire? When you see crazy or unexpected metaphors like this — which always happens with Blake — slow down and chew on them for a minute. Digging into the tension they create for each other is delicious.
What effect does the punctuation of the poem have on its meaning? Fearful symmetry is a nuanced trait which has dual allusions, one for the tyger and the other referring to divine deity. Tyger Tyger burning bright, In the forests of the night: What immortal hand or eye, Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? Is he also the creator of the lamb? The first stanza asks a question and the second stanza answers it. What the hand dare seize the fire? Experience is not the face of evil but rather another facet of that which created us. Another great way to engage your students is through the creation of storyboards that examine Tone, Word Choice, Imagery, Style, and Theme. In what furnace was thy brain? The simplicity and neat proportions of the poems form perfectly suit its regular structure, in which a string of questions all contribute to the articulation of a single, central idea. As for God, his creations are just beautiful and transcend the notions of good-evil. As a result, what kind of being can be both violent and so magnificent simultaneously? Which statement best explains how this archetype affects the meaning in this poem? The first stanza asks a question and the second stanza answers it.
In both poems Blake uses animals and their characteristics to bring across his message, and uses rhetorical questions throughout the poems in order to challenge the reader. The Tyger by William Blake Tyger, tyger, burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? An allegorical reference to blacksmith, he hypothesizes some intelligent creator developing his creation akin to a blacksmith as he cuts, hammers and forms metal after considerable toil. The poem has been written in a neat, regular structure with neat proportions. How could someone create such a creature like a tiger but also create the lamb? On what wings dare he aspire? In the third and fourth stanzas, Blake introduces another central metaphor, explicitly drawing a comparison between God and a blacksmith. But none of these readings quite settles down into incontrovertible fact.
The aim of the poet was to demonstrate the contrarian nature of the soul and human thought. He seems to have gone too far and flown too high in creating such a creature as the tiger. Blake published his first book of poetry, Songs of Innocence, in 1789. Did he who made the Lamb make thee? Indeed, we might take such an analysis further and see the duality between the lamb and the tiger as being specifically about the two versions of God in Christianity: the vengeful and punitive Old Testament God, Yahweh, and the meek and forgiving God presented in the New Testament. On what wings dare he aspire? Students will need to determine the metaphorical meaning of the tiger itself, as well as several other terms in order to understand the poem. In what furnace was thy brain? Meaning of the Poem The Tyger is a poem published in 1794 by the poet William Blake as part of the Songs of Experience collection.
The speaker believes that the tiger is a monster sent to destroy him. In essence, the tiger is a beautifully enigmatic creature, yet lethal at the same time. Did he who made the Lamb make thee? As you annotate, mark lines and words that capture your attention—alliteration, the examples of symbolism, and other poetic devices. Slowly, William Blake attacks the Christian God as he asks whether a divine entity is capable of creating such a mesmerizing creature with perfection definitions and extraordinaire beauty. In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes? And when thy heart began to beat, What dread hand? Many questions make the poem an inquiry about the mysterious tiger. Wings Wings represent the daring spirit of the creator. And poets are not know for their ecological knowledge.