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Meaning (4 points)

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  1. Poem spoken directly to tiger
  2. Speaker = Blake
  3. Questions what sort of creator would make an animal = both beautiful and deadly
  4. Communicates = God is responsible for brining both goodness and evil to mankind?
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Context

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  1. Blake one of 1st common people to see Tiger
  2. Rejected established religion
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Imagery #1

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Imagery of blacksmith’s workshop = extended metaphor

‘hammer’, ‘furnace’ and ‘anvil’ (semantic field of blacksmith)

  • Image: Divine powers labouring in physically demanding
    conditions to create life such as tiger i.e. Work = dangerous and hard
  • God = blacksmith - shaping tiger
    • God described with imagery associated with hell and the Devil
    • Consequences of blacksmith making weapons and swords = Consequences of making tiger
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Imagery #2

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Personification: “stars threw down their spears”

  • Throw light
    • God can see literally creation/consequence
  • Universe is aware and sentient
  • “stars”
    • Associated with heaven
    • Stars represent disapproval of heavens at God’s creation of tiger
  • “threw down their spears”
    • Discarded spears in fear when confronted by tiger
    • Trying to hunt down tiger before does any damage
  • Stars weep (“tears”)
    • Heavenly sorrow - scary
    • Even universe thinks tiger is bad idea
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Tone #1

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Inquisitive and accusing + little dismay

  1. “What immortal hand or eye, / Could frame thy fearful symmetry?”
    • Inability of mortals to fathom power needed to (awe-inspiring) tiger
    • OR suggests creation reflects something about creator
      • Undeniable existence of evil/violence in world = reflects nature of God
    • Question dominates poem
      • Tiger = symbolises idea of destruction in world
      • Poses question: if God is good then why has he created kindness and cruelty in world
      • Makes reader think of opportunity God had to
        create world without cruelty/death (BUT
        instead made tiger)
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Tone #2

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Fearful: repetition “dread”

  • Creator fearful but brave = sense of foreboding
  • “dread hand”
    • Could be God’s
  • “dread feet”
    • Ambiguous: Could belong to either animal or creator
    • Brings tiger and God together = show someone who makes ferocious beast = might be ferocious themselves
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Structure #1

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6 quatrains in rhymed couplets + Largely trochaic (tetrameter)

  • Rhythm
    • Beating of a hammer suggestive of blacksmith (poem’s central image)
    • OR padding of stealthy paws
    • OR beating of heart
  • Each line ends unstressed syllable
    • = sense of something left unfinished
    • reflects way poem fails to answer speaker’s question
    • = difficult to understand God
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Structure #2

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Cyclical structure: 1st stanza = last stanza

  • “could frame” VS “dare frame”
    • “dare” = brave or bold enough to create it
  • Wondering who would create evil TO wondering who would be reckless enough to create it
    • Anxiety not alleviated
    • Feel even more horrified by fact God deliberately created evil to prey on mankind
9
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Name 2 poems you could compare ‘The Tyger’ with

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  • “Prayer Before Birth”
  • “War Photographer”
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“War Photographer” Comparison

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Both poems show speaker who wants world to notice horror which exists

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“Prayer Before Birth” Comparison

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Both poetic voices are trapped by their wonder at cruelties of world