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William Blake, born in 1757 in London, England, led him to becoming one of the greatest Romantic poets/artists of his time. Although his official schooling is minimal, his mother educated him using the Bible to explain lifes many questions and struggles. Blake as a youth thought that he was "Under the direction of messengers from Heaven daily and nightly.", and in most of his work, whether literature or art, he questions God and the human soul. One event that was taking place during the same time many Romantic Era poets were compiling their work was the French Revolution which began in 1793 with the beheading of King Louis XVI. With many poets and authors searching for answers during the time, it is assumed that Blake had a possible religious vision for England. It is also assumed that his poem “The Tyger” was his way of questioning such transformation, but also his way of searching for answers as to where this revolutionary energy could be found. “The Tyger” by William Blake, is comprised of six stanzas, with four lines per stanza. Each stanza presents a different idea/question Blake is asking of the tyger. The tone/mood of this poem is mysterious, and just gets more mystical as we question every part of the tyger. Right off the back the reader can see how Blake is attempting to question this great being, the Tyger. Lines 1-2 go “Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night,” which can be analyzed to question the fiery color most tigers have for their fur. But it can also be asking what kind of power does the great beast have within. What kind of mysterious potential could be unlocked. The poem later asks the question “What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?” in lines 3-4, which simplistically is ... ... middle of paper ... .... At the beginning Blake was very passive in his assessment of who was creating the tyger, but now this could possibly be a reference to his conflicts with the Churches teachings, and his own personal beliefs. The change could also be there to produce a specific image to the reader, one in which Blake is the one in control, questioning God as to why he feels so entitled to create such a powerful and mystical beast. All these are possible reactions Blake was hoping to stir amongst his readers. In conclusion, The Tyger by William Blake is a masterpiece of the Romantic Period, using themes of religion, fantasy/creativity, as well as the quest for truth. Blake attempts to question all of these themes in this one poem, which is why it is such a great piece of literature. Leaving the reader with more questions after reading it is one of the greatest things a poet can do.
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