Themes in 'The Tyger'

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Any ideas about the major themes and ideas in William Blake's poem: 'The Tyger'?
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One of the main themes in William Blake's poem 'The Tyger' is power. Also questions the goodness of the creature, and questions God and his creation.
Eg- The title- written in archaic spelling, suggesting the tyger has been around for a long time. Emphasized by the use of capitalism and repetition in the first line.
"Burning Bright"- alliteration, sense of power
"Could frame thy fearful symmetry?" Questions God's creation- how a creature could be so exotic and beautiful yet at the same time so fearsome. Poem mirrors Blake's other poem "The Lamb". Could the same person have created both of these completely contrasting creatures? "fearful" and "symmetry" are an oxymoron- fearful gives the Tyger a sense of power, where as "symmetry" follows structure of poem, which is written in 6 regular stanzas of 4 lines- suggest the sense of perfection that it took to create the Tyger.
"Hammer" "Anvil" "Chain"- reminds readers of a blacksmith- used to create weapons for labourous chores- links back to creation and the power it took to create it.
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(Original post by zahanara)
One of the main themes in William Blake's poem 'The Tyger' is power. Also questions the goodness of the creature, and questions God and his creation.
Eg- The title- written in archaic spelling, suggesting the tyger has been around for a long time. Emphasized by the use of capitalism and repetition in the first line.
"Burning Bright"- alliteration, sense of power
"Could frame thy fearful symmetry?" Questions God's creation- how a creature could be so exotic and beautiful yet at the same time so fearsome. Poem mirrors Blake's other poem "The Lamb". Could the same person have created both of these completely contrasting creatures? "fearful" and "symmetry" are an oxymoron- fearful gives the Tyger a sense of power, where as "symmetry" follows structure of poem, which is written in 6 regular stanzas of 4 lines- suggest the sense of perfection that it took to create the Tyger.
"Hammer" "Anvil" "Chain"- reminds readers of a blacksmith- used to create weapons for labourous chores- links back to creation and the power it took to create it.
Thank you, that's a great help
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