Analysis on William Blake's "The Tyger"

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William Blake’s “The Tyger” is about asking questions, especially questioning the existence of God through creation. Why was there creation and what ideas or kind of person creates such a creature as the tiger? Also, how did creation occur and what feelings were behind it. Blake’s poem is an attempt to understand God and creation, he does this by asking questions and in turn questioning the answers he comes up with. Therefore, he ends the poem even more sincerely looking for the answers.

Blake’s reflection on creation take place through the tiger. He observes the tiger and questions it’s existence to find out more about his own existence. “What immortal hand or eye/Could frame thy fearful symmetry?” (Blake 1-2) Because the tiger is believed to have symmetrical stripes, it’s almost as if Blake is fearful of what created the tiger almost because the tiger is so perfect yet, so dangerous at the same time.

What kind of creator could create something so perfect and strong? He looks at the creation of the tiger to find out more about the creator of it, implying that the creator is immortal. He asks how the creator might get the idea to create the tiger, what is the purpose behind it. “In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes?” (Blake 5-6) These lines still question what ideas were behind the creation of the tiger. The author is also wondering where the creator is from. It’s expressing a need to know what was in the creator’s mind and eye when the tiger came to be. Blake could be relating these lines to something that maybe he created too, creation being something that he himself can relate to. The lines are questioning where the inspiration comes from for the...