The Tyger By William Blake

1290 WordsOct 12, 20166 Pages
Successful businessmen will tell you that its how you treat the “lower-level” employees that will determine your success. If those who do the grunt work are happy, the company will likely prosper. This notion dates back to the chivalric era in which knights and noblemen would place their trust in the blacksmith to forge high quality armour and weapons. The blacksmith was held in high regard for a lower-class citizen, and became a sort of anomaly in the hierarchy of a kingdom. William Blake evokes the image of a blacksmith as creator in his poem “The Tyger” to comment on the social and political situations of the times. He chooses a rough, rude and labour-driven artist as a way of rejecting the aesthetic features of art for more practical, albeit destructive forms. A blacksmith is an artist of war, a creator of destruction. The tiger is the object of destruction. The speaker is questioning the creator as to why he would create something so powerful yet destructive, the same questions one would likely ask a blacksmith as he creates his weapons of war. The inquisitive tone of the poem allows the speaker to wonder about the things that are created for destruction and why their creator would allow them to exist. The tiger is one of those creations, as the speaker enquires in the first and last stanza in almost an apostrophic tone, “What immortal hand or eye. / Could [Dare] frame thy fearful symmetry?” (Blake 3-4, 23-24 – line 24 differentiation noted in brackets). The speaker is
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