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1 “Tyger” “The Sick Rose”
Willaim Blake “Tyger” “The Sick Rose”

2 Outline William Blake “The Sick Rose”
“Tyger” (a companion of the innocent The Lamb).

3 William Blake an English writer, poet, and illustrator of the Romantic period; Had visions of angels as a child; 1787  the technique of "illuminated writing," or relief-etching. Songs of Innocence (1789) 1797 –Songs of Innocence and of Experience ("the two Contrary States of the Human Soul." ) Image source:

4 Songs of Innocence and of Experience
Both innocence and experience are necessary states in the development of the human spirit. We are all born innocents, but when we begin to recognize evil or wrong, and are inevitably tempted by it, we pass into a state of experience. Higher Innocence: with childlike trust and vision. See clips

5 “The Sick Rose” 1. What tone(s) can you find in this poem?
2. Are there images which are ironic? 3. And sound effects?

6 “The Sick Rose” O rose, thou art sick! The invisible worm
That flies in the night, In the howling storm, Has found out thy bed Of crimson joy, And his dark secret love Does thy life destroy. (spondee? dactyl? Trochee?)

7 THE TYGER What sound effects do you find in this poem?
Why are there so many unanswered questions? What parts of the tiger the focuses of the speaker’s attention? 

8 THE TYGER Tiger, tiger, 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 seize the fire? And what shoulder and what art Could twist the sinews of thy heart? And, when thy heart began to beat, What dread hand and what dread feet?  

9 THE TYGER (2) 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?

10 Allusions Daedelus and Icarus (line 7),
the daring Greek god Prometheus (line 8), Vulcan the blacksmith (lines 9-10 and 13-14), Lucifer and his angels (lines 17-18) the God of the Old Testament.  Blake himself?

11 Film Clips: 19th Century Poetry
Tennyson  female writers Romantic poets

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