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In William Blakes book Songs of Experience his poem entitled The Tyger is an inquisitive look at creation He vividly describes the ferocious persona of the animal and rhetorically asks What immortal hand or eye dare frame thy fearful symmetry Songs of Experience 35 Blake contrasts the creation of the tiger with that of the lamb from Songs of Innocence In regards to reputation these creatures are on the opposite end of the spectrum The tiger has a fear-inspiring persona It is ferocious and intimidating The lamb on the other hand is innocent and fragile It is a dependent and childlike animal Although these animals are complete opposites the same hand created them both Blakes question is why Why would a creator of such an innocent animal the lamb create an intimidating beast like the tiger He doesnt tell directly readers why God created the tiger Instead he goes directly to the source and asks the tiger who created you Blake asks this question in masterful and very creative way Blake uses simple almost elementary language to get his complex idea across He doesnt saturate the poem with jargon or three syllable words Blake also uses an unorthodox spelling of tyger This incorrect spelling of tiger is used to show readers that our stereotype of the animal is inaccurate Blake inaccurately labeled an animal that we typically mislabel We may see the tiger as being evil but the same hand that created the lamb created it Blake uses a trochaic tetrameter pattern in The Tyger The poem contains six four-line stanzas and also uses pairs of rhyming couplets One exception is Blakes rhyme pairing of the words eye and symmetry He wrote What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry Songs of Experience 34 Although these words dont rhyme Blake pairs them because the word eye is symmetrical in itself Using the word symmetry also helps his theme of balance
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