The Tyger By William Blake

“A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.”
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
William Blake, it seems, believes that things can be perceived in different ways. While one person may see a particular image, another may view something in quite another way. Perhaps Blake used both visual representation and poetic imagery to challenge the human mind. Was he conscious that his artistic plates, in some instances at least, carried quite different meanings than his words?
In his poem “Tyger,” the visual image differs greatly from the meaning of his poem. Perhaps he did this to show a contrast in the ways which words can be interpreted. As the above quote suggests, a ...

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when a beautiful thing like love can turn into an ugly thing like hate. The Tyger is obviously a representation of evil and of darkness.

In Blake’s words, it is also apparent that the Tyger is somewhat of a puzzle, or an enigma, if you will. It is a mysterious beast with unknown origins. It seems that the Tyger is a result of something inhumane, whereas the Lamb is a direct product of Christ. According to the poet himself, the Tyger is somewhat “immortal” and out of this world: “..What immortal hand or eye./Could frame they fearful symmetry?” (lines 3-4) Blake requires the reader to ponder the very roots of the Tyger; he leaves us with the impression that he was the result of something unearthly.

There is also an illusion of mystery that surrounds this beast. It is suggested that the Tyger has come from some distant area, perhaps even untouched by the human form. There is an air of uncertainty regarding where this monster came from, for what earthly setting could have ...

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