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Blakes The Tyger is a poem about the nature of creation much as is his earlier poem from the Songs of Innocence The Lamb However this poem takes on the darker side of creation when its benefits are less obvious than simple joys Along the poem the doming feeling of both text and author is surprise Blakes simplicity in language and construction contradicts the complexity of his ideas This poem is meant to be interpreted in comparison and contrast to The Lamb showing the two contrary states of the human soul with respect to creation The poems speaker is never defined and so may be more closely aligned with Blake himself than in his other poems One interpretation could be that it is the author himself walking through the ancient forest and encountering the beast within himself or within the material world The poem reflects primarily the speakers response to the tiger rather than the tigers response to the world Its important to remember that Blake lived in a time that had never heard of popular psychology as we understand it today Blakes poetry The Tiger contains six four-line stanzas and uses pairs of rhyming couplets to create a sense of rhythm and continuity The notable exception occurs in lines 3 and 4 and 23 and 24 where eye is imperfectly paired ironically enough with symmetry The majority of lines in this lyric contain exactly seven syllables alternating between stressed and unstressed syllables This pattern has sometimes been identified as trochaic tetrameter -- four tetra sets of trochees or pairs of stressed and unstressed syllables -- even though the final trochee lacks the unstressed syllable There are several exceptions to this rhythm most notably lines 4 20 and 24 which are eight-syllable lines of iambic tetrameter or four pairs of syllables that follow the pattern unstressedstressed called an iamb This addition of an unstressed syllable at the beginning of each of these lines gives them
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