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William Blake was born in 1757 the third son of a London tradesman who sold knitwear hosier Blake lived in London which dominated much of his work He was a British poet painter and engraver who illustrated and printed his own books He spent most of his life in relative poverty He was very influenced by his brothers death which he claimed he saw ascend heavenward clapping its hands for joy who died of consumption at the age of 20 He uses the illustrations and engravings in his work to express his visual spiritual and psychic views about the society he lived in Blake was tuned to the huge social and political forces of the late 18th century This can be seen in Blakes poem The Tyger as he uses two symbols of revolution French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution which both happened in the 18th century The title The Tyger is a symbol which was used in 18th century newspapers similar to Blakes symbolic description of the French Reign of Terror The Times newspaper talked about the Reign of Terror as a Tyger a tiger stalking the streets of Paris This Tyger was used to symbolize the power machinery evil violence and energy of the revolutions going on at this time The description Tyger Tyger burning bright is a pun because burning could be seen to represent destructiveness whilst bright is a deep powerful word for revolution In the third line What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry which has a questioning tone means that Blake is awestruck on what kind of God would want or allow the French Revolution In the second verse which talks about Satans energy it starts with a questioning tone about heaven or hell deeps or skies The question Burnt the fire of thine eyes is addressed towards Lucifer the Devil Verse two and three shows the imagery of the industrial revolution In what
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