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Can you give to the horse mightyness Can you clothe its neck with a rustling mane Can you cause it to leap like a locustJob 3919-20 William Blakes The Tyger is reminiscent of when God questioned Job rhetorically about his creations many of them being fearsome beasts such as the leviathan or the behemoth Much like this speech from the old testament The Tyger also uses a significant amount of imagery and symbolism which contributes to its spiritual aspects There is a wealth of imagery in the first two lines alone The poem begins Tyger Tyger burning bright In the forests of the night The reader conceives in their mind the image of a tiger with a coat blazing like fire in the bowels of a dark forest This creates a negative impression of the tiger so some might say that the tiger is symbolic of evil Some people may go even further to conclude that the tiger is a symbol of Satan Perhaps mainly the people who derive their interpretation of hell from Dantes Inferno or other works of literature that portray the devil as a predator cloaked in flames residing in the darkness of hell The same type of imagery and symbolism is used in the first two lines of the second stanza where it says In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes The images of distant deeps or skies again presents images of a realm of darkness and one is reminded again of the traditional interpretation of hell It is implied that the fire of thine eyes had its origins in this place thus reinforcing the symbol The image of fire in connection with the tiger is conceived again this time within the eyes The fire in a tigers eyes can be seen as a symbol of ferocity and it takes no stretch of the imagination to look upon Satan in the same way as
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