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Symbolism of "The Tyger"

A poem created by Willam Blake about the mightiness of the Christian God

Brandon Lyon

on 17 March 2013

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Transcript of Symbolism of "The Tyger"

The Tyger:
By Brandon Lyon is important too What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thy eyes? On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire? And what shoulder and what art could twist the sinews of thy heart? And when thy heart began to beat, what dread hand and what dread feet? What the anvil? What dread gasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp? Dare frame thy fearful symmetry The symbolism of the "Tyger" burning bright gives the illusion that it is literally jumping through fire. It is talking about evil, seeing as God can create good and evil. It is a way of saying that the do not know who created the Tyger. And they don't know how the same person could create something kind, like a lamb, and something so aggressive, like a "Tiger". Deeps appears to refer to hell, and the skies appeal to heaven. In either case, there would be fire--the fire of hell or the fire of the stars. If the creator had wings, how could he get so close to the fire in which the tiger was created? How was he able to work with such a fire? It means that someone made the Tyger, but they are not sure if it is God. They wonder what made it, and how they made such a good and bad animal. The anvil is a metaphor for how the Tyger was created. And what had the courage to grab the Tyger after it had been created. How did someone who created the purity, and gentleness of the lamb manage to create the evil and the ferocity of the Tyger?
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