What the hand dare seize the flare. When the Creator fashioned the Tyger, Blake asks, did he look with pride upon the animal he had created? But this comparison is again ironic. Each stanza poses certain questions with a vague subject Tyger in consideration. Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry? Of course, it is unlikely the speaker means the Tyger is literally burning in a forest at night. Innocence: The Lamb Let's start with 'The Lamb.
William Blake makes a different criticism of society in his four poems The Lamb, The Tyger, The Chimney Sweeper and Infant Sorrow. This literary device is called apostrophe not to be confused with the punctuation mark. On what wings dare he aspire? Burning bright, in the forests of the night. The poem ends with the child bestowing a blessing on the lamb. He is himself puzzled at its fearful faces, and begins to realize that he had gotten, not only the lamb-like humility, but also the tiger-like energy for fighting back against the domination of the evil society. Their faces are clean and they are given bright coloured attire in order to serve these things as a visual aid to appeal for the money from people who have come to the occasion.
Only an immortal would be attacked by such a ferocious creature and get to live. According to the poem the tiger is the lambs predator this means the tiger was created to eliminate the lamb. Do the ferocious tiger and the adorable lamb share the same creator? Burnt the fire of thine eyes? 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. The poet compares the fierce, ferocious and brutal tiger to the gentle, frail and adorable lamb and wonders whether they have the same creator. As a result, the poet starts off with poetic allusions, entirely open-ended for the reader to perceive as he pleases. The aim of the poet was to demonstrate the contrarian nature of the soul and human thought.
The poet wonders what tool might have been used to shape it. Before we jump into the 'The Tyger' and 'The Lamb,' let's discuss the larger bodies of work the poems belong to. Lesson Summary William Blake was a Romantic poet whose themes had strong religious aspects. In one sense the gathering seems to be as beautiful as flowers, but in the other sense this charm and beauty of clean faces and bright attire are short-lived similarly as the life of a flower is short. Dost thou know who made thee? What kind of a God, then, could or would design such a terrifying beast as the tiger? Because it helps us to think about why are we coming to this step, it helps us to follow the right direction constantly as well. What bolsters such an interpretation is the long-established associations between the lamb and Jesus Christ. Thus their motion is dynamic that changes from snow to flow.
Is it from heaven or hell? Burnt the fire of thine eyes? Little Lamb, God bless thee! Slowly, William Blake attacks the Christian God as he asks whether a divine entity is capable of creating such a mesmerizing creature with perfection definitions and extraordinaire beauty. If so, how can mere mortals, trapped in one state or the other, ever hope to understand this God? Blake claims both are mild and meek, with a heavenly aspect about them. They offer a good instance of how Blake himself stands somewhere outside the perspectives of innocence and experience he projects. And when thy heart began to beat, What dread hand? The entire first stanza centers on the question of the creator. The speaker in the poem is puzzled at the sight of a tiger in the night, and he asks it a series of questions about its fierce appearance and about the creator who made it.
The poem ends in praise of the Lord Jesus Christ. Experience: The Tyger Next let's look at 'The Tyger. The creature is swift and strong. Structure The poem consists of 24 lines, broken up evenly into six quatrains. Blake compares the lamb to Jesus, the Lamb of God.
This is a question of creative responsibility and of will, and the poet carefully includes this moral question with the consideration of physical power. What dead grasp Dare its deadly terrors clasp This stanza questions the steps involved in creation of the all-mighty jungle creature, the tyger. Did he who made the Lamb make thee? Both pairs of the soul are illustrated in both The Tyger and The Lamb. The poet embarks on challenging the ability of his creator to creating this mighty creature. Readers who have learnt some of the private symbols of Blake can only understand this poem. The poet compares the gathering of orphans to the flowers of London. The burning description reemerges further demonstrating the power of the Tyger and the awe is brings.
The poem at times is all about questions to the divine with at least 13-different questions asked in the poems entirety. One reason for this is that Blake doesn't repeat as many lines in this poem. The muscle that the creator gives the tiger is so immense that it leaves the poet only with great admiration for the tiger. He also seems opposed to 3-fold controlling forces of religion, despotic rule and sexual repression. Could twist the sinews of thy heart? Songs of Innocence and of Experience Looking at the title of this lesson, you might imagine that we're going to be reading a poem that contains both a tiger and a lamb. The line, 'He became a child', shows how Blake honors Jesus for coming to the Earth to sacrifice Himself for all mankind.
They are singing together and are as innocent as lamb. Burnt the fire of thine eyes? They are quite large in number and are raising their innocent hands to prayer. Then he goes on in his poem titled Infant Sorrow to reveal his thoughts on non-conformists. But it does not provide a completely adequate doctrine, because it fails to account for the presence of suffering and evil in the world. Lines 3-4 What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry? Imagery can also involve the other senses sound, smell, touch and even taste. As the poet contends, that such a powerfully destructive living entity can be a creation of a purely, artful God. This is a common theme in many of his poems.