by William Blake
Year of Publication:
Long hymnal measure
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?
About the Poem:
If you haven't spotted it already the lines
“Tyger Tyger Burning Bright
are in trochaic feet, meaning that a stressed syllable is followed by an unstressed syllable with an incomplete final foot for Bright and Night and giving us a great example of catalexis – the meter analysis would be trochaic tetrameter, as each line contains three complete feet and one incomplete.