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Analyzing "The Tyger" by William Blake

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Nicole Fiallo

on 4 February 2014

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Transcript of Analyzing "The Tyger" by William Blake

Imagery Examples
- "...burning bright / in the forests of the night..." - Makes an image of a tiger literally glowing in a dark forest.

Sound Devices
Assonance:
Metaphors
Examples:
Analyzing "The Tyger" by William Blake
- Six stanzas; Four lines each
- Rhyme Scheme: AABB
- Interrogative with rhetorical questions
- Specific word uses:
"dread", "deadly", and "fearful"
Figurative Language
Alliteration:
- Line 1: "
T
yger!
T
yger!
b
urning
b
right"
- Line 5: "In what
d
istant
d
eeps or skies"
Personification:
- "...the stars threw down their spears, and watered heaven with their tears"
- Line 1: "T
y
ger! T
y
ger! burning br
i
ght..."
Consonance:
- Line 1: "
T
yger!
T
yger! burning brigh
t
..."
- Line 2:
"...forest of the night.."
Dark side; ignorance, repression, and
superstition.
- Line 6:
"...fire of thine eyes"
The way the tiger is scene: evil.
Apostrophe
Apostrophe: When the speaker talks directly to someone is not there or something that cannot actually be talked to; the Tyger.
Tone
- Inquisitive, accusing, with dismay towards the creation
Paraphrase
- "Who created you? what kind of divine being could have created you?"
- "Where could your fiery eyes have come from in this universe? Who would dare to take this much fire and put it in your eyes?"
- "Once the tiger was created, how must the creator have felt? Did he smile when he thought of his work? Could this possibly be the same being who created the lamb?"
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