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The Tyger Poem by William Blake

The Tyger Poem by William Blake
The Tyger Poem by William Blake

The Tyger is a poem by the English poet William Blake published in 1794 as part of the Songs of Experience collection. Literary critic Alfred Kazin calls it “the most famous of his poems,” and The Cambridge Companion to William Blake says it is “the most anthologized poem in English.” It is one of Blake’s most reinterpreted and arranged works.

William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. His prophetic poetry has been said to form “what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language”.
The Tyger Poem by William Blake is one of the most famous and inspirational poem at present. In 2002, Blake was placed at number 38 in the BBC’s poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

The Tyger Poem by William Blake

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright,
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water’d heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

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8 thoughts on “The Tyger Poem by William Blake

  1. I love Blake!!! ?
    I studied William Blake for a bit last semester in my English Literature class and considered buying another English Lit book with only his work in it!! ???
    Maybe one day, if I have enough money . . . . .

  2. That is a great poem! My sixth-grade teacher had us memorize it and also talk about what it means.

    I recently read “The Bells” by Edgar Allan Poe for the first time in many years and was amazed by it all over again. Check it out if you are not familiar!

  3. This was one of my favorite poems in college! My English Lit class studied Blake extensively, and I fell in love with his work. Great post 🙂

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