The Tyger, by William Blake


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The Tyger, by William Blake

  1. 1. Period 6 <br />Rachel Lu, Nitisha Mehta, Maya Srinath, Radhika Gulhar<br />
  2. 2. About the Poet-William Blake<br /><ul><li>Intellectuals thought he was eccentric and demented
  3. 3. "Radical thinker"
  4. 4. Contemplated themes of good versus evil, heaven versus hell, etc.
  5. 5. Went against common teachings at this time, believed in equality for all
  6. 6. Had visions as a child of meeting god and talking with his deceased brother</li></li></ul><li>Blake illustrates that all God-fearing individuals, at some point, face the unanswerable question of whether God, who created good, could have created evil.<br />
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  8. 8. Meter<br /><ul><li>Alternates between 7 and 8 syllables in each line
  9. 9. (Tyger! Tyger! burning bright=7 syllable
  10. 10. (Could frame thy fearful symmetry=8 syllables)
  11. 11. Trochaic Tetrameter</li></li></ul><li>Rhyme<br /><ul><li>Rhyme scheme: AABB
  12. 12. Why the spelling of “Tyger?”
  13. 13. Relates to Rhyme!
  14. 14. Tyger-thy
  15. 15. Same thing with Symmetry</li></ul>Pronounced symmetrī<br /><ul><li>night-symmetry</li></li></ul><li>Series of questions progress and develop throughout the poem<br />Begins simple and direct:<br />“What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?<br />Grows more and more specific<br />Also note the frequency of which the questions occur<br />Repetition: especially noted in the first and last stanza<br />Structure<br />
  16. 16. <ul><li>Lamb
  17. 17. “Did he who made the Lamb make thee?”
  18. 18. In the Bible, the lamb is represented as pure and innocent
  19. 19. God
  20. 20. “Did he smile his work to see?”
  21. 21. “What the hammer? what the chain?”
  22. 22. God is alluded to as a blacksmith, meaning that he is the creator </li></ul>Tyger<br />Symbol of evil and malevolence <br />
  23. 23. “…burning bright<br />In the forests of the night”<br />Illustrates the darkness and the evil present within society<br />“And what shoulder, & what art<br />Could twist the sinews of thy heart?”<br />Questions who got evil in society and in what way or creation<br />Sinews give image of complication in one heart that involves the presence of evil<br />Diction<br />
  24. 24. The speaker’s tone is hopeless due to the fact that his question remains unanswered<br />Seen in the repetition of the first stanza<br />The rhetorical questions are unanswered <br />The speaker is never able to achieve a sense of satisfaction in determining the source of evil in society. <br />Tone<br />
  25. 25. Rhetorical Questions<br /><ul><li>Entire poem composed of long rhetorical questions
  26. 26. Cause audience to really question, "Did he who make the Lamb make thee?"-did he who created innocence and goodness also create evil and imperfections?
  27. 27. During this time, very controversial to question God and his creation
  28. 28. Questioning the source of evil in society, and where that evil came from
  29. 29. Tyger=composed of evil like human beings-Did god intend to create evil?</li></li></ul><li>Comparison to “Did God Make Satan?”Colfax Burgoyne Harman<br />Did God make Satan? In this world of peace,     Of pristine purity, of light and joy,     Bloom knew no blight and pleasure no alloy___Did He create the demon of caprice ? Create the strife that never more can cease ?     The conflicts that our lives do so annoy?     Why send the subtle serpent to decoy? O why let cruel wrong and crime increase ? Souls burst in anguish, fond hearts break with         grief;     Grim Death despoils the noblest work of life; Men struggle, fall, crushed as the withered leaf,     And writhe in sable storms of bitter strife. Did'st Thou, O God, create the evil one? Give man, we pray Thee, strength to stand         alone! <br /><ul><li> </li></li></ul><li>Style:<br />Rhetorical questions – the author also questions the creation of evil<br />Tone: more pessimistic, more direct in its questioning<br />Theme:<br />Both address the question – is God, who created purity, also the creator of evil, “Satan”<br />Analysis of “Did God Make Satan?”<br />