Essay Analysis Of Poem ' The Tyger '

1005 Words Nov 20th, 2014 5 Pages
When it comes to animals, humans are very visual. We don’t want to be told what an animal looks like. We want pictures, videos or maybe even a trip to the zoo. Therefore, William Blake’s attention to imagery in “The Tyger” is not surprising. What is surprising is the way he develops the image of the tiger, blacksmith and lamb. In the opening lines of the poem, Blake describes the Tiger’s infamous striped orange coat by saying, “Tyger, Tyger burning bright, in the forests of the night”. After this, Blake throws external appearances aside. The tiger is not powerful because of its size, weight or coat. The tiger is powerful because of how it was made. Someone had to “twist the sinews of thy heart” and hammer out all the intricacies of its brain in a fiery furnace.
Since my grandfather was a blacksmith, words like “sinew”, “hammer”, “furnace” and “anvil” immediately stood out. Here Blake is using the image of a blacksmith to describe the creator. This is the perfect image since a blacksmith does what most people can’t do. They take strong materials like metal or steel (that the average person couldn’t put a dent in) and shape them into something useful and productive. This requires an incredible amount of strength, skill and the ability to tolerate an incredibly hot fire. Then consider the fact that this blacksmith is not making a horseshoe or hook, he is making a living, breathing tiger. It is such a great feat the narrator asks, “Did he smile…

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