6Subject and Theme??? From Songs of Experience- “The Tyger”
7Theme: CreationThe opening question enacts what will be the single dramatic gesture of the poem, and each subsequent stanza elaborates on this conception. Blake is building on the conventional idea that nature, like a work of art, must in some way contain a reflection of its creator.
8Theme: CreatorOne of the central themes in his major works is that of the Creator as a blacksmith.Blake identified God's creative process with the work of an artist. And it is art that brings creation to its fulfillment -- by showing the world as it is, by sharpening perception, by giving form to ideas.
10Key Image ??? From Songs of Innocence- “The Lamb”
11The Lamb the natural world contains much that is gentle and innocent Symbolically, Christ is "the lamb of God."
12Key Image ??? From Songs of Experience- “The Tyger”
13Key Images:The Tyger: symbolizes much that is terrible and frightening.The Smithy: represents a traditional image of artistic creation; here Blake applies it to the divine creation of the natural world.
14Technical Features ??? From Songs of Innocence- “The Lamb”
15RefrainRepetition in the first and last couplet of each stanza makes these lines into a refrain, and helps to give the poem its song-like quality.
16ApostropheThe poem's apostrophic form contributes to the effect of naiveté since the situation of a child talking to an animal is a believable one, and not simply a literary contrivance.
17SymbolismIt shows the whole connectedness of all things, it connects it all with the creator, the lamb, Jesus, through the use of the extended metaphor. He tells him how Jesus was just like a lamb, using symbolic language, comparing Jesus to a child. This creates a third connection, a child is like a lamb, Jesus is like a child. ”
18Technical Features ??? From Songs of Experience- “The Tyger”
19Rhetorical Question"The Tyger", which actually finishes without an answer, is (on this level) about your own experience of not getting a completely satisfactory answer to this essential question of faith.
20Allusion"When the stars threw down their spears / And watered heaven with their tears"A reference to the battle in Heaven between God and the rebel angels
21ImageryWords work together to reinforce the concept of God as a blacksmithanvil, hammer, chain, furnace, frame
22RepetitionThe repeated use of word the "dare" to replace the "could" of the first stanza introduces a dimension of aspiration and willfulness into the sheer might of the creative act.
23Engraving from Songs of Innocence Engraving from Songs of Innocence. How does the image convey the tone, mood, setting, and action of the poem?
28The darker colors create a menacing atmosphere The oranges of the tyger are symbolic of hellThe smile of the animal suggests slyness
29How do the poems work harmoniously to convey a similar theme or message?
30The two poems give a perspective on religion that includes the good and clear as well as the terrible and inscrutable.These poems complement each other to produce a fuller account than either offers independently.They offer a good instance of how Blake himself stands somewhere outside the perspectives of innocence and experience he projects.
31In what manner do the two poems show the two contrary states of the human soul?
32The contrast is made explicitly in a comparison between `The Lamb' and it's counterpart `The Tyger.” The former is all gentle rhythms and simple, comforting question-answer dynamics, there are no such eases in `Tyger.”“The Tyger” evokes a persistent, driving, even tribal feeling, and the poem is all problematic inquiry without resolution or answer.these two worlds are animals as antithetically paired as tigers and lambs.