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William Blake lived from 1757-1827 and his work was published in the late eighteenth century It was during this time that many political and social changes were developing in Britain Blake lived his life as a poet through the Romantic period in history In this essay I will first examine two poems by Blake The Tyger and London I will be looking at how the themes imagery structure and form suggest how Blake was affected in his writing The Tyger which may be Blakes best-known poem is about the force and fearfulness of the tiger as a symbol of Gods power in creation The structure of the poem is very precise with the 6 stanzas each having 4 lines and 2 rhyming couplets with a steady rhythm throughout the poem The last stanza is a repeat of the first but not exactly one word is changed to dare in the last line Dare frame thy fearful symmetry This change makes us question what it was in the poem that changed our view or Blakes view and made us think of the creation of the tiger as daring This is the form of the poem throughout asking questions rhetorically about the creation of the tiger where was the tiger created who couldve formed it and how The main question that the reader asks of the poem is what the tiger represents and so what could it mean to frame the tigers fearful symmetry To answer the latter question it could be said that the tiger like all other creatures has been framed by God suggested in the poem by words like heaven and the rhetorical line in the fifth stanza Did he who made the Lamb make thee Another idea is that the one that frames the tiger isnt God but the artist and the poet in their work Blake could be writing about the role of the writer and the writer
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