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The Tyger blake Summary The poem begins with the speaker asking a fearsome tiger what kind of divine being could have created it What immortal hand or eye Could frame they fearful symmetry Each subsequent stanza contains further questions all of which refine this first one From what part of the cosmos could the tigers fiery eyes have come and who would have dared to handle that fire What sort of physical presence and what kind of dark craftsmanship would have been required to twist the sinews of the tigers heart The speaker wonders how once that horrible heart began to beat its creator would have had the courage to continue the job Comparing the creator to a blacksmith he ponders about the anvil and the furnace that the project would have required and the smith who could have wielded them And when the job was done the speaker wonders how would the creator have felt Did he smile his work to see Could this possibly be the same being who made the lamb Form The poem is comprised of six quatrains in rhymed couplets The meter is regular and rhythmic its hammering beat suggestive of the smithy that is the poems central image The simplicity and neat proportions of the poems form perfectly suit its regular structure in which a string of questions all contribute to the articulation of a single central idea Commentary The opening question enacts what will be the single dramatic gesture of the poem and each subsequent stanza elaborates on this conception Blake is building on the conventional idea that nature like a work of art must in some way contain a reflection of its creator The tiger is strikingly beautiful yet also horrific in its capacity for violence What kind of a God then could or would design such a terrifying beast as the tiger In more general terms what does
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