The Tyger William Blake

All information you would need to include in an exam question!

HideShow resource information
  • Created by: Katy
  • Created on: 19-03-13 20:19
Preview of The Tyger William Blake

First 401 words of the document:

The Tyger ­ William Blake
ROLE OF THE POET- Concerned with the role of the poet as an intermediary between the realm of
the imagination/higher truths and the unenlightened masses incarcerated in the realm of reason
and science.
THE NATURE OF GOD :Asks the fundamental question of how a benevolent God that can endow
us with the "clothing of delight" of The Lamb can create the "burning/fire" and ferocity of the
Religion, awe and amazement...
Whole poem is addressed to the tiger, which is emphasised through proper nouns. There is also a
vocative term of address. 2nd person pronouns.
Interrogatives = questioning, evaluating. How could someone who created a lamb create a tiger? Is
the tiger a symbol for the devil?
Structure and Form:
Rhyming couplets "bright, night":-
This creates a regular hammering beat mimicking the sound of blacksmith tools such as hammers
which links to creation, a central image in the poem.
simplicity of the poem's form suits idea that the poem has one key theme
like a nursery rhyme:-
the phrases become shorter as the poem progresses, almost chant-like. When read aloud it builds
to a crescendo.
Trochaic rhythm:-
one stressed syllable followed by one unstressed one (not throughout) but carries chant-like
Catalexis - Dropped syllable at the end of each line:-
emphasises the sound and beat of the "hammer" and "anvil." Also shows the seeming discordance
of a benevolent God.
Anaphora: "what"-
Is demanding of an answer, Blake asks questions and does not give answers ­ encouraging the
reader to think about who created the tiger and consequently the world.
Syntactic parallelism of rhetorical questions:
"What the hand dare seize the fire?" "What dread hand?"
Blake questions the nature of the tiger and denotes boldness, in contrast to The Lamb.
the notion of daring is introduced, which will be echoed in the last stanza.
Archaic spelling "Tyger":
Suggest time written or that it's an alien-like creature ­ who was its creator?
Repetition of the first stanza last:

Other pages in this set

Page 2

Preview of page 2

Here's a taster:

Reinforces the questioning of how an immortal being could create a creature perfectly proportioned
(symmetry) and designed to kill. Blake changes could to dare; he is no longer asking who was
capable of creating the tiger but who dared to.
Blake makes the poem deliberately abstract:
There's no description of the tiger, only "forest". It is the creator which is important, not the tiger.…read more

Page 3

Preview of page 3

Here's a taster:

· The line "What the hand dare seize the fire?" is in reference to Ancient Greek mythology and
the story of Prometheus who stole fire from Zeus and, after giving it to humanity, was
punished by being chained to a rock where a great bird would eat his liver which would grow
back every day due to his immortality for eternity.…read more


No comments have yet been made

Similar English Language & Literature resources:

See all English Language & Literature resources »See all resources »