"The Tyger" was one of the poems included in William Blake's 1794 collection Songs of Innocence and Experience. Blake attempts to grasp the essence of the Creator in this poem by analyzing his works. As a result, the core theme is religious, with the goal of comprehending the essence of the divine.
In the poem, which begins "Dark! were my thoughts, when I began / Darker than dark night", Blake calls for God's light to guide him through the darkness of his own mind. He then notices a tiger (which at that time was believed to be a symbol of chaos) sleeping in a wood. The tiger is an image of evil, but also of innocence because it does not know what evil is. Thus, the devil himself may appear innocent, although he is truly evil. Finally, Blake realizes that truth and innocence cannot live together and believes that only goodness can survive.
Now, please read the poem carefully.
First line: "The Tyger!" sounded like a voice / So loud, it made me start & tremble. " - The speaker begins by calling out for help because he thinks that no one else is awake (or perhaps alone).
Second line: "My heart stood still and stopped its beating." - Here the speaker describes how frightened he is that something terrible might happen because he has heard about people being killed by tigers.
Creation and genesis are major topics in William Blake's poem "The Tyger." The speaker is awestruck by the tiger's terrifying attributes and raw beauty, and he asks rhetorically whether the same creator could have also created "the Lamb" (a reference to another of Blake's works). The poet attempts to explain what he sees as a contradiction by suggesting that both animals were made by God. However, even though the tiger is now seen as evil, it was originally meant to be good and was turned into a monster only because it had been "corrupted by mankind".
Blake uses this mythological creature to discuss the origin of evil and whether or not humanity has a role in shaping what becomes of their gifts. He believes that although at first the tiger was meant to be good, it was later used by men to hunt animals for sport or profit which caused it to turn into an enemy of man.
In conclusion, the Tyger tells us that we must accept responsibility for our actions and not blame others for being human.
Blake analyzes and challenges the essence and mystery of God in "The Tyger," rather than defining God according to ecclesiastical theology. The poem also stresses beauty, although a terrifying type of beauty. "The Tyger," thus, is a Romantic exemplar because of its spirituality, mystery, and beauty.
Historical Consideration "The Tyger" was created to illustrate Blake's opinion on human nature's intrinsic savagery by comparison with a tiger in the wild, a polar opposite picture of the purity seen in "The Lamb." Although written nearly two centuries ago, Blake's poem remains true today since humanity is still evil and technology has made us even more so.
In addition to its symbolic meaning, "The Tyger" also serves as a piece of music. The poem was set to music by Edward Elgar for his piano trio in 1882-83. The piece is often called "The Tyger" because of its repetitive melody which some say resembles a howl from the animal.
Blake may have written "The Tyger" as a warning to avoid human greed and violence but it has been interpreted as an ode to the beauty of nature as well. Today it is known only through copies made from Blake's drafts which are found in various museum collections throughout the world.
The poem has open-ended questions that require the reader to think about the solutions. Unfortunately, the questions are unanswerable for the reader. Given that Blake wants the reader to think about the formation of the "tyger," one may easily believe that Blake is the speaker. However, since the poem is written in iambic pentameter, it cannot be said who the speaker is with certainty.
According to most commentators, the poem is not meant to have a single clear-cut answer but many possible interpretations. As such, no single person can be said to be its speaker; instead, the poem itself can be said to speak through its use of dramatic irony. In other words, although the poem appears to be describing actual events that took place in Blake's life, it is actually doing so as allegory. For example, when the "Tyger" kills its master, it is punished by being chained up and set adrift on the ocean. But since this incident takes place before dawn, when it is dark, none of the bystanders can see this punishment. Thus, they believe that the "Tyger" must have escaped from someone else who lived in Southwark at the time or perhaps even long after.
Another interpretation believes that the poem is speaking directly to its audience and asking them questions about their lives.
William Blake's renowned poem "The Tyger" employs frequent alliteration and a simple rhyme scheme, both of which lend the piece a sing-song beat. Because of these characteristics, as well as the simplicity of the language, readers may imagine this is a nursery rhyme or a song for children. In fact, "The Tyger" is an allegory written when Blake was only 23 years old.
Through the use of metamorphosis, or change, Blake attempts to explain that we must look beyond what appears to be true to find what is truly important in life. He uses the image of the tiger to represent this idea because tigers are known for their strength and power yet they also display their vulnerability by wearing clothes and using tools. Thus, Blake is saying that although violence seems to be the most important thing, it is not. Instead, he believes that we should focus on understanding people's needs and desires and then providing them with what they require.
Another technique used by Blake is personification. This means giving human qualities to objects or animals that do not have any real will of their own. In his poem, Blake gives the tiger feelings such as rage, pain, fear, and love. He does this to show that these things are present within everyone, even if you never know when they might come out.
Finally, Blake uses symbolism to tell us something about life through images.