Essay on The Tyger Analysis

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An Incomprehensible Mystery William Blake’s The Tyger, in my opinion, is an intriguing poem that looks at the idea of how God is a mystery and how humanity is at a loss to fully understand his creations by contemplating the forging of a beautiful yet ferocious tiger. Blake begins the poem by beginning a conversation with the tiger and almost immediately begins his questions of who could make such a fierce creature. He wonders if God could really create such a creature or maybe it is a creature produced from a darker source. Blake also refers to the tiger as a form of art, almost as if the creator made the tiger perfectly. The image of a blacksmith is also given through the poem as Blake refers to a blacksmith’s common tools and …show more content…
With perfection you think of beauty, so when Blake does mention the word “symmetry” you think of the tiger as a work of art and exquisiteness. One definition of the word symmetry is beauty based on or characterized by such excellence of proportion. Blake saw this creature as a wonder of nature; it wasn’t just a vicious blood-thirsty creature. This is why Blake sees this creature as a work of God, its beauty and symmetry make up for its ferociousness and fire in its eyes. However, Blake does not only mention just the word “symmetry” but “fearful symmetry.” So as Blake sees this magnificent creature as an artwork of God, he may also see it as too perfect, almost as a deception. The deception of how beautiful the creature is can lead you to feel comfortable around it, but as most people know a tiger is anything but being able to be comfortable around as it can overpower any human very easily. The tiger’s “fearful symmetry” can also pertain to its native environment; its camouflage with the foliage around it can give the tiger a bad reputation of being so perfectly symmetric it’s invisible and can pounce at any moment, giving a sense of fear to many. Towards the middle of the poem, Blake writes “What the hammer? what the chain? In what furnace was thy brain? What the anvil? what dread grasp Dare its deadly terrors clasp?” The imagery and usage of “hammer”, “chain”, “furnace”, and “anvil” all give a sense of the creator being a blacksmith. When you think of a

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