William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

The Tyger

Poem by William Blake

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 water'd 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?

Topic(s) of this poem: night


Comments about The Tyger by William Blake

  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (3/14/2020 10:42:00 AM)

    Lovely poem. It is hard for us to reconcile that the One Who made burning eyes of a Tyger also made sweet innocent eyes of a lamb. Though hard to accept our peace lies in recognizing it. Or knowing that questions can never be answered.(Report)Reply

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  • Navod DilharaNavod Dilhara (11/28/2019 1:15:00 AM)

    The poet has use the technique of rhetorical questions in order to emphasize some facts. Could imagine so many things.(Report)Reply

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  • Ellie (10/1/2019 10:09:00 AM)

    That’s good(Report)Reply

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  • Susmita (9/18/2019 1:41:00 AM)

    Where is the summary(Report)Reply

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (8/1/2019 9:34:00 PM)

    A memorable consideration of the tiger, burning bright in the night. The first stanza and the last one are the same-
    very effective as rhetoric. Again, Blake asks many questions and they are rhetorical questions for effect, not
    for answers. Good contrast between the fearful, dangerous tiger, and the Lamb (of God) . Did the God of goodness create the menacing tiger? If so, why?(Report)Reply

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  • Oindri ghosh (7/12/2019 12:22:00 PM)

    Oh Now I also thing I am going to write a poem....la la la la😂(Report)Reply

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  • Mike Stirewalt (6/25/2019 10:36:00 PM)

    All these years, I thought Rudyard Kipling wrote this poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Harsh roy (6/9/2019 11:04:00 PM)

    Very bad(Report)Reply

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  • lilly (2/20/2019 5:15:00 AM)

    i loved it, me writing poems but this is a model(Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (2/13/2019 6:51:00 AM)

    Tyger! Tyger! burning bright,

    And he never knew these burning eyes will get endangered, if not extinct.(Report)Reply

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  • Faraz (2/12/2019 9:43:00 AM)

    scary poem and weird(Report)Reply

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  • delta.roylance (2/4/2019 10:50:00 AM)

    what good poetry my teacher teachers me poetry.(Report)Reply

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  • yathu (12/21/2018 2:17:00 AM)

    is william blakes evening star a lyric poem(Report)Reply

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  • Dgots (12/15/2018 4:47:00 PM)

    pass the absinthe, and read again please. try reading the lines in reverse order!(Report)Reply

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  • Sekhar (11/28/2018 8:16:00 AM)

    Please give me the definition of this poem(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (11/24/2018 11:51:00 AM)

    We studied it in the school. very fine poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Satya prakash singh (7/18/2018 10:40:00 AM)

    Nicepoem(Report)Reply

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  • Lungelo S MbuyaziLungelo S Mbuyazi (6/23/2018 5:31:00 PM)

    Simply nice write.... I like it as well(Report)Reply

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  • KKKKKKKKKK (6/7/2018 1:40:00 PM)

    If you actually like this website and like poems your really gay you neeks litlle gay(Report)Reply

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (5/29/2018 10:16:00 PM)

    excellent rhythmic poet

    great(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 10, 2001

Poem Edited: Monday, March 9, 2015


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