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The Tyger: a religious poem?
William Blake published his poem ‘The Tyger’ in 1794 as a part of his collection Songs of experience. It is Blake’s best-known poem. William Blake was one of the first writers of Romanticism. He showed faith in imagination.
What is very striking and what you notice instantly, is the spelling of the word tiger. He used an y instead of an i. Though in the past, tiger was usually spelled with an y, but in Blake’s time, people started to write it more often with an i. This makes the title itself already put you to thinking why Blake specifically chose for this spelling. It makes you wonder, is the poem about a tiger at all? Or is it only used as metaphor? But these things aren’t unusual for Blake’s poems. Playing with punctuation and spelling identify him. In this essay I’ll discuss the following question: is The Tyger by William Blake a religious poem? In my opinion, it isn’t at all.
In the poem there are used a lot of metaphores and paradoxes. Sentences like ‘burning bright’ and ‘burning fire in thine eyes’ do not refer to burning or fire itself at all, they are just describing the beauty and bright colors of the tiger’s fur and eyes. Such metaphors are not hard to understand and will be recognized immediately, which makes it fun to read. Another example is the title itself. Tyger should be written as tiger of course, but in this poem, he doesn’t mean to discuss the tiger on its own. In this poem William asks himself questions about the Creation. The Tyger is a poem reflected to another poem of his, The Lamb. In The lamb he discussed and focussed on the goodness created by God. In the poem The Tyger, he focusses on evil and the darker side of life. He finds this darker side in the tiger, which is a very misterious animal. He asks himself the question who created the tiger and in his way of writing, it comes forward that he has a sort…...

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