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Blakes The Tyger is simply about the evil of nature? Do you agree?

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Blake's "The Tyger" is simply about the evil of nature? Do you agree? Answer with reference to language, theme and imagery In the poem "The Tyger" Blake comments on nature and in particularly its creator. He comments on the darker side of nature, and the animal kingdom, through the tiger. Blake describes the tiger as a creature of nature that he fears. He describes the "fire in thine eyes", its "deadly terror clasp" and also its "dread hand" and " dread feet". He uses an extended metaphor of fire to describe the vivid colour of its coat but also because fire has many connotations with evil. Blake mentions, "when the stars threw down there spears, and water'd heaven with their tears" and this to comments on the horrors of nature. ...read more.

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This unknown side of nature is also hinted at in the first stanza "in the forests of the night". This choice of language creates an image of an unknown, mysterious and hostile land. The unconventional way Blake spells tiger ("Tyger") also adds to the feeling that this is an exotic, mysterious creature that is to be feared. Although Blake sees the tiger as mysterious and evil creature this is not what I think the central message of this poem is. There are many questions in the poem that are rhetorical and do not have answers, many about god or the creator and how they could create something as awful as the tiger, "what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry". ...read more.

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Blake reinforces the blacksmith metaphor though the use of an iambic rhythm. This creates a stressed, unstressed pulse to the poem reminiscent of a black smith pounding a piece of metal. Blake uses other methods to devalue god such as when referring to him as "he" not using a capital letter, which goes against convention and makes him seem insignificant, "Did he who make the lamb make thee". He also questions the creator who can be proud of having made the tiger "Did he smile his work to see" To conclude, William Blake does comment on the evils of nature but more importantly he is questioning the creator of this nature and describes his yearning to know what sort of a god could create a creature as mysterious, exotic and horrific as the tige, and why. This I believe is best summed up by Blake's final words "what immortal hand or eye dare frame thy fearful symmetry". ...read more.

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