Symbolism In The Tyger And The Lamb

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“ Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, could frame thy fearful symmetry? ” (Tyger). In the poems “The Tyger” and “The Lamb,” William Blake uses rhyme, symbolism and tone to advance the theme that God can create good and bad creatures. In this poem the speaker is asking a lot of questions like what immortal hand framed such a fearful creature and if he was happy with his creation. The tiger itself appears dangerous but beautiful. Its “burning bright” powers are able to darken and demolish as well as to illuminate. It is precisely the tiger's "burning" that makes the animal appear "bright," and its brilliance makes it appear to burn. In Blake’s writing he mentions an “immortal hand” he is implying the almighty powerful God. The “fearful symmetry” symbolizes a grotesque fearful world. Blake wonders why would God create such a fearful world or such a fearful creature, and if he made such thing why did he make such an innocent creature such as the lamb. "Did He who make the lamb make thee?”(Lamb). “Little Lamb, who made thee? / Dost thou know who made thee?” (Lamb). Here the speaker is clearly questioning the lamb of its origins and…show more content…
This is suggested by Blake use of expressions such as ‘dare’, ‘deadly terrors’ and ‘fearful symmetry’ to really illustrate the tiger’s, mysterious and sinister behaviour. The speaker begins to wonder what could have sparked the fire within God’s heart to want to create such a thing, “In what distant deeps or skies / Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? / What the hand, dare seize the fire?”(Tyger) the speaker is asking, who would dare play with such fire and is he happy with his work, “Did he smile his work to see?” (Tyger). Could it really be the same creator made the lamb? Can evil and gentleness live amongst each

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