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 seize the fire?

And what shoulder, and what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart,
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? and 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 water'd 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?

 

 


Title:

Tyger, The

Poet:

Blake, William

Year of Publication:

1794

Age Appropriate:

10-11

Subject:

Animal: tiger

Form:

Mostly trochaic

Stanza:

6

Type:

Long hymnal measure

Lines:

24

Meter:

Quatrain

Rhyme:

aabb

Literary Period:

Romantic

Things to Discuss:

What is the image brought up in stanza 3? What familiar adjective does the poet use to imitate the stroke on the anvil? There have been three suggestions for the theme of this poem: the creation of evil, the energy force symbolized by the tiger, and the strength and destructiveness of the animal tiger. Which do you agree with?