Presentation on theme: " William Blake was born in England on the 28 th of November, 1757 and he died on August 12 th, 1827. Blake was considered one of the greatest if not."— Presentation transcript:
William Blake was born in England on the 28 th of November, 1757 and he died on August 12 th, Blake was considered one of the greatest if not the greatest of all English poets and artists. Surprisingly, Blake did not attend school. Instead he was taught at home. Besides this, he also learned a lot by reading the Bible which he drew influence from his entire life.
Some of Williams most famous poems are “The Tyger”, “The Lamb”, “The Chimney Sweeper (Innocence)”, “The Chimney Sweeper (Experience)”, “London”, and “Jerusalem”. Some of Williams more unknown poems are “The Cradle Songs”, “The Little Black Boy”, “Night”, “To The Evening Star”, “Songs of Innocence”, “Mad Song”.
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 watered 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?
In the poem, Tyger, the first thing you notice that doesn't quiet sound right is its title. This is because its written in the old archaic form. Since Blake is considered a modern anarchism, which means he’d go against the accepted ideas and common spelling for that matter.
The Tyger is written in trochaic tetrameter meaning that there are four feet per line. Blake also uses a catalectic ending meaning the dropping of the last unstressed syllable. This gives the poem a certain beat which signifies power. This may be used to show the power of the Tiger.
The Tyger was written along with its sister poem, the Lamb to show how God created both powerful and weak beings. The Tyger was written in a way to make it seem as though the tiger had almost God-Like power. Blake explains this statement throughout his poem.
Like previously mentioned the Tyger has a rhythmic beat to it. This is done through the used of trochaic tetrameter and also catalectic endings. There are four feet per line and they go in stressed- unstressed order. Along with trochaic tetrameter there are also a few lines were iambic tetrameter is used. This is done to give the beat to the poem
In the poem it is quite obvious how Blake is comparing the stronger, predator tiger to the weak, and innocent lamb. He also made it clear of how both animals were made by the same creator, God. The theme can be seen as many things. The clearest thing is the battle between good and evil and how in essence they are made from the some creator. This is close to the fight between heaven and hell
The lamb takes on a much more different tone then what the Tyger did. Blake makes it seem as though the lamb is weak and cant believe that the same God that made the fierce and powerful tiger also made the lamb. The themes are essentially the same, since they are sister poems to each other.