Short Poem "The Tyger" Essay

642 Words Mar 16th, 2011 3 Pages
“The Tyger” is one of the most famous works by William Blake. It is a great poem, which clearly shows the reader the way in which poetic devices and sound and rhythm affect the meaning of a poem. William Blake questions the nature of God, and faith. He asks two important rhetorical questions in the poem. Does God create both good and evil? If so what right does God have to do this? The poem is a cycle of questioning the creator of the tyger, discussing how it could have been created, and back to questioning the creator. It is a powerful poem, which leaves the reader with much to think about. William Blake uses poetic devices in “The Tyger” to create an effect that emphasizes and parallels the main theme. The main theme of the …show more content…
By making the line smooth sounding and emphasizing the “i” sound, he increases the importance of God’s gentle side. There are two different sounds in the poem. This is important, as a major theme is the two different natures of God, and the possibility of two creators. At certain parts of the poem, rough angry sounding words are used to emphasize the brute nature of the tyger, while at other parts, smooth sounding words are used to emphasize the gentle nature of God. William Blake uses the two opposite sounds of the poem to emphasize the dichotomy of the poem, with the two natures of God, and the two creators. The first and last quatrains are identical except the first words of the last lines of the quatrains have been changed. By changing “could” with “dare” author states that if God could make the Tyger, then how dare he do so. “The Tyger” is a classic poem by William Blake about the natures of God. By switching his rhythm from trochaic to iambic tetrameter, he shows the two possible natures of God, or of the creators. By using couplets, he emphasizes the dichotomy of the poem. By using poetic devices he further develops the questions about the natures of God. In the end, Blake never answers his questions, which leaves readers thinking whether there is an