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The Tygers Corruption William Blakes The Tyger meant to be read in conjunction with Blakes The Lamb tells a tale of two sides While The Lamb speaks of softness and goodness The Tyger tells of a powerful and evil nature Blake asks the Tyger the question Did he who made the Lamb make theeline 20 This question represents the overall theme of the poem How can two creations be opposite in so many ways yet related-or are they related to each other The Tyger questions the truth of a two sided world and of a God that creates both good and evil The readers initial reaction to Tyger as used in the title and in the poem asks if the word is spelled incorrectly Should the word be spelled Tiger The belief that every word in a poem has a distinct purpose answers the question with a no Blake spells the word as Tyger to serve as a metaphor Tyger at a most basic level represents all beasts of the world At a more detailed level the word represents a sharp contrast from the softness and goodness of the Lamb Tyger Tyger burning bright In the forests of the night What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry Lines 1-4 Blake calls the Tyger twice in the beginning stanza to gain the creatures attention The poem then offers a brief view of the creature and its setting This view tells of the evil of this creature Burning bright creates a picture of a fire and a symbol of hell The night adds to the portrayal of evil Blake then asks the Tyger What immortal hand God could create this fearful symmetrylines 3 and 4 This symmetry relates the Tyger to the Lamb and through the metaphor Satan to Jesus Given this interpretation the question asks how God could create both the ultimate of good and
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