The Tyger

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry? o It is referring to the tiger’s bright color fur.
o The color is so vivid, it is seen even at night.
o Acknowledging divine creator.
o Paying homage to the outer design of the animal, the scariness of the tiger or its power.

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare size the fire? o Where did God create the animal; deep in the ocean or up in the heavens?
o The eye of the tiger brings to mind a flame.
o Again referring to supernatural power of creator.
o The hand of the maker of the animal is resistant to flame and pain.
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? o Invokes image of the stroke of a paintbrush into the creation of this animal.
o The inner workings of the animal seems artistic.
o The animal was created from innate materials; it was not alive.
o How frightening it must have been as it came to life/walked.
What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp! o The intellect of the animal was forged by God the blacksmith.
o Molten metal was the material used to craft the brain of the tiger.
o Hammered out with a terrifying hammer.
o Result was extremely beautiful/terrifying animal.
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? o The stars surrendered to awesome power of the tiger.
o So much so that the heavens cried and dropped the tears.
o Was God impressed at the new creation?
o Could the same God create such opposite animals?
Tyeger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry? o It is referring to the tiger’s bright color fur.
o The color is so vivid, it is seen even at night.
o Acknowledging divine creator.
o Paying homage to the outer design of the animal, the scariness of the tiger or its power.

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