Poet’s Corner – The Tyger

Again hello readers. Firstly I’d like to apologise about last week, life’s a bit crazy at the moment so I couldn’t get a post put together, the same may happen once or twice in the weeks to come due to major upheavals in life as I know it.

Today’s poem is William Blake’s “The Tyger”. As I’ve already done a Blake poem I won’t re-write my synopsis of his biography according to whichever source I use. But if you want me to re-post these synopses in the future, please do tell me and I will.

The poem is written as a counterpart to “The Lamb” – The Lamb basically goes “Oh look how nice God is, He made the cute little lambs.” The Tyger then turns round and says “Yeah but He made the tiger as well, think how hard-core He must be.” This is another one of my favourite poems, just the power and the imagery imbued into the words.

The Tyger

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

In what distant deeps or skies

Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,

Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?

In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,

And water’d heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Hope you enjoy, please feel free to comment.
The Lonely Recluse.
Thanks goes to poets.org for the words of The Tyger

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