Essay about The Tyger

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“The Tyger”- Magnificence of a Tiger Many of the creatures of the world have exquisite and beautiful characteristics in their appearance which puts us in a state of awe and wonder. According to the speaker in “The Tyger”, the tiger is a creature with an admirable appearance and leaves the speaker in awe and amazement. “The Tyger” consists of a series of rhetorical questions that attempt to reconstruct the process of the formidable animal’s creation ("Explanation of: 'The Tyger' by William Blake"), a trochaic tetrameter rhythm with a catalexis, vivid imagery, an apostrophe, an allusion, and a compelling use of metaphors. The employment of all of these literary devices helps the speaker conduct a powerful meditation of whom, how,…show more content…
The line “Burnt the fire of thine eyes” is directed at God. These are God’s eyes. Blake is asking, who was the God who created the Tyger. Was he the God in heaven/”skies” or was he created by Lucifer in hell / “distant deeps” (Dickie). Blake realizes, of course, that God made all the creatures on earth, however, to express his bewilderment that the God who created the gentle lamb also created the terrifying tiger, he includes Satan as a possible creator while raising his rhetorical questions (Cummings). It makes us wonder if the tiger was created in Heaven because of it beautiful aspect or in Hell because of its malicious acts. In the third stanza, the question about how the tiger was formed comes about. “And what shoulders, and what art, could twist the sinews of thy heart?” This is asking the tiger, what ability and what bodily strength can create the courage and strength of your heart. In the fourth stanza, the question was what were the tools used in order to create the tiger. “What the hammer? What the chain? In what furnace was thy brain? What the anvil?” The list of items that the speaker asked about was referring to the tools that a blacksmith uses. This also refers to the ability of forming an amazing creature. In the fifth stanza the speaker asks the tiger what was the reaction of his creator when he saw that his work was finished. This question makes the reader think about how satisfied was the creator when he saw his

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