Friday, April 19, 2013

English Poem Titled "The Tyger" and My Short Analysis

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“The Tyger”
by: William Blake

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 sieze 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 watered 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?

“The Tyger” by William Blake is a poem about an idea of nature. He structured this poem with six Quatrains in rhymed couplets and four line stanzas for each Quatrain. This poem have some questions where each of it contains further questions that a bit difficult to define directly because his poem made in 1794 which have different culture with English Present Day. Thus, for me, “The Tyger” consists of many unanswered questions.
In this poem, Blake uses “the Lamb” as a symbol of innocent animal and “the Tyger” as a wild animal. Going along with the description of the wild tyger (tiger), “Burning Bright” means the Tyger is intelligent and has the power to do anything. Next, “In the forests of the night” creates a scene of darkness of the environment of the Tyger itself. Also, it suggests that the Tyger is a creature of the night. At last, Blake uses “thy” in some lines. Here, “thy” refers to the Tyger.

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