William Blake – The Tiger

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?

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?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

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18 Responses to William Blake – The Tiger

  1. Ben Dummett says:

    This is one of my favourities. So evocative.

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  9. peter says:

    This is a real favorite of mine.

  10. Although Blake spells it “Tyger” in the original…

  11. Indeed, one of the world’s favorite. I recited this in class way back in college.

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  13. jlyssa192 says:

    Excellent poem. Very beautiful and thought provoking.

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  17. subarjo says:

    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?

  18. sarah says:

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