The poem contains two stanzas with simple language and short syllables. What the hand dare seize the fire?. While the creator is still God, the means of creation for so dangerous a creature is mechanical rather than natural. I think your analysis is spot on. Until God's Son, Jesus, returns, this is how the Earth will be with much pain, sorrow, earthquakes, floods, asking why and how come this evil has come about them. He describes the lamb as he sees it. Blake was less well-known to his contemporaries, but now is hugely popular with casual readers.
While the tiger may be beautiful and may stand out amongst other creatures and its environment, it is strong and terrifying. As you annotate, mark lines and words that capture your attention—alliteration, the examples of symbolism, and other poetic devices. The poem begins with a child like directness and natural world that show none of the signs of grownups. Blake published his first book of poetry, Songs of Innocence, in 1789. William Blake is slowly coming to the point of his argument, God. It must be quite cold if these details are reliable. The poetic persona in the poem wonders how hard it would be for the creator to create such a majestic and cruel animal.
Copy A is held by the. The opening verses slowly leads to the primary objective of the poem, contemplating about God in the heavens above. He also seems opposed to 3-fold controlling forces of religion, despotic rule and sexual repression. Comparing the creator to a blacksmith, he ponders about the anvil and the furnace that the project would have required and the smith who could have wielded them. You can argue either side. Posted on 2010-03-08 by a guest.
The child is a symbol of innocence, the state of the soul which has not yet been corrupted by the world of conventionalized pretensions called religion, culture, society and state and other codified systems. When the stars threw down their spears, And water'd heaven with their tears, Did he smile his work to see? The third line throws the reader off track. In what furnace was thy brain? The first stanza asks a question and the second stanza answers it. GradeSaver, 31 May 2011 Web. The tiger is a perfect beast. What kind of a God, then, could or would design such a terrifying beast as the tiger? What the hand dare sieze the fire? The tiger is described with military and industrial language. In an age where people struggled to unmake each new mystery as quickly as it could be presented, what importance will be placed on those things not birthed of glass and steel, or that cannot be pinioned under the scrying eye of a microscope? Theme Three of the themes in the poem all tie in together: awe, curiosity, and religion.
In other words, God, in one of his moods as the vengeful God who punishes sinners, created the tiger, a fearsome creature of war. The Lamb of God is a very well known symbol of Jesus, meaning the speaker is wondering if the same God created both. Blake was not a terribly religious person although he was quite spiritual. Thanks for contributing an answer to Literature Stack Exchange! These words have been reiterated from above. For Blake, the stars represent cold reason and objective science. Posted on 2009-04-06 by a guest. .
But there is something about seeing a Tyger that you can't learn from a zoology class. The pastoral setting is also another symbol of innocence and joy. Is a recognition of the mind of a creator with understanding far surpassing the average human viewpoint or conception. On what wings dare he aspire? A dread hand creating a perfect, fearful weapon. So what Blake is suggesting, as opposed to merely asking, is that the same creator made both the hunter and the prey, and that both have their place in the grand scheme. Hey, it doesn't get any better than this! On what wings dare he aspire? I think he is saying that God has made a terrible thing in Blake's eyes yet it is beautiful and fearful. The illustrations are arranged differently in some copies, while a number of poems were moved from Songs of Innocence to Songs of Experience.
Tyger Tyger burning bright, In the forests of the night: What immortal hand or eye, Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? The poem flows with a rhythmic synchronization with a regular meter, the hammering is relevant to blacksmith herein. In conclusion, you failed miserably, for he was clearly on about A. Examples include: 1 the tiger represents the dangers of mortality; 2 the fire imagery symbolizes trials baptism by fire perhaps ; 3 the forest of the night represents unknown realms or challenges; 4 the blacksmith represents the Creator; 5 the fearful symmetry symbolizes the existence of both good and evil, the knowledge that there is opposition in all things, a rather fearful symmetry indeed. Blake followed his universal wonderment with images that appeared to him. Did the same God whom created Tyger evil also create the lamb good? The experiences life, society and changing time evokes cruelty in the majestic being. Students will need to determine the metaphorical meaning of the tiger itself, as well as several other terms in order to understand the poem. Anvils and Hammers or industry in general can help mankind creating beautiful art or useful tools, but industry can also create weapons.
They believe that Abraxas is imperfect, just as Blake is proving in this poem. Unlike the lamb, the tiger is a weapon of war, adapted for killing. And, at the end of the poem, wondering when the world finally not yet saw the worst side of the revolution, was this greater being pleased? Cite passages from the poem that illustrate this journey. Although Blake was hostile as I am, and as most real scientists are to attempts to reduce all phenomena to chemistry and physics, Blake greatly appreciated the explosion of scientific knowledge during his era. Commentary The opening question enacts what will be the single dramatic gesture of the poem, and each subsequent stanza elaborates on this conception.
Did he who made the lamb make thee? The poet in this stanza discusses the physical characteristics of the almighty creator, contemplating about his various physical features. In what furnace was thy brain? Posted on 2010-09-18 by a guest. Did the same God who created Law and Order, Rules and Civilization, also create such an icon of Wildness and Destruction? Blake's story of creation differs from the Genesis account. The voice of the lamb is also equally significant. When I hear the word, I think of among other things a blathering alcoholic adult bully ridiculing and beating a small child.