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Tyler Barton
Mrs. Carter
AP Lit and Comp
Elements of Poetry in The Tyger
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 waterd 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?

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From the very start of the poem the tiger is glorified and admired with awe, raising
question as to who could have crafted this complex and fearsome tiger. While admiring the tiger
and its creators skill the speaker alludes to another poem of the lamb, expresses the central
idea of the powerful creator, and expresses a very respectful and fearful tone towards this
The tiger is portrayed as a very powerful yet elegant creature, while in a previous work of
William Blake where a lamb is depicted as an innocent and harmless creature. The poems
speaker questions whether both creatures, so opposite in nature, could have possibly been
crafted by the same maker. This reference allows readers and audiences to compare the two
animals while considering the differences in physical appearance as well as symbolic
appearance. These types of allusions can be helpful for readers to more understand the context
in which the speaker is trying to portray.
This mysterious creator is glorified just as much as the tiger in that without the skill and
caution of the maker the tiger could never be this fearfully and wonderfully made. The speaker
continues to build on conventional ideas that the creation directly reflects the creator in some
way. Suggesting that this beautiful while terrifying tiger is a mere symbol for its designer. This
same creator also carefully designed the lamb to be its innocuous and lovable self. If both the
tiger and the lamb reflect some aspect of their maker it would suggest that not only is the
originator powerful but complex.
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While the poem consists of mostly questions, the speaker has a feeling of respect to
whoever is capable such wonders, relating his hard work and skill to those of a blacksmith. This
forging of the tiger the creation took time and effort and wasnt something of accident or luck.
This tone portrayed shows the audiences that the divine creator has earned this respect. These
unanswered questions leave the reader to marvel at the complexity of creation.
These elements add to what the reader can infer from the poem and what art and skill
the creator displays. That while made by the same power, the lamb and the tiger, are two very
different creatures. This powerful creator shows off his limitless abilities to mix such beauty and
destruction into the tiger. Thus leading to the speakers respect in his tone throughout the entire