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In what distant deeps or skies?

Last Updated: 20th February, 2020

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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?

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Likewise, people ask, what the hammer what the chain?

Blake uses the metaphor of the blacksmith, who forms metal with a hammer, furnace (fire), and anvil. The stanza is very rhythmic, adding further to the chant-like quality that we talked about in lines 1-2.

Beside above, why do the stars threw down their spears? Next come the two lines in question: “When the stars threw down their spears / And water'd heaven with their tears”. The previous stanzas implied a process of technological advancement, starting with the Promethean theft of the fire, advancing to rope-making, and then using the flame for metallurgy.

Also, which is immortal eye or hand?

The "immortal hand or eye," symbols of sight and creation, immediately conjure references to a creative God (in pretty much all cases with Blake, "God" refers to the Christian God). If this is so, then questioning whether God could do anything is a direct attack on the omnipotence of such a God.

What kind of poem is the Tyger?

“The Tyger” is a short poem of very regular form and meter, like a children's rhyme in shape (if certainly not in content and implication). It is six quatrains, four-line stanzas rhymed AABB, so that they are each made up of two rhyming couplets.

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Egidio Feilchenfeld

Professional

What is the main theme in the Tyger?

Quick Answer. The main theme of William Blake's poem "The Tyger" is creation and origin. The speaker is in awe of the fearsome qualities and raw beauty of the tiger, and he rhetorically wonders whether the same creator could have also made "the Lamb" (a reference to another of Blake's poems).

Ivey Afan De Rivera

Professional

Who is the speaker in the lamb?

Blake compares the lamb to Jesus, the Lamb of God. Blake claims both are mild and meek, with a heavenly aspect about them. The poem ends in praise of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Idafe Saalborn

Professional

What is fearful symmetry?

Fearful Symmetry is a phrase from William Blake's poem "The Tyger" (Tyger, tyger, burning bright / In the forests of the night, / What immortal hand or eye / Could frame thy fearful symmetry?).

Llibert Zum

Explainer

Why is it spelled Tyger?

While “tyger” was a common archaic spelling of “tiger” at the time, Blake has elsewhere spelled the word as “tiger,” so his choice of spelling the word “tyger” for the poem has usually been interpreted as being for effect, perhaps to render an “exotic or alien quality of the beast”, or because it's not really about a “

Ruel Terreiros

Explainer

What does the Tyger mean?

The 'Tyger' is a symbolic tiger which represents the fierce force in the human soul. It is created in the fire of imagination by the god who has a supreme imagination, spirituality and ideals. The anvil, chain, hammer, furnace and fire are parts of the imaginative artist's powerful means of creation.

Janet Dobretsky

Explainer

What meter is the Tyger written in?

The stuffy way of talking about form and meter in "The Tyger" is to say it's written in six quatrains of rhyming couplets with a pulsing, steady, mostly-trochaic rhythm.

Tapha Massat

Pundit

Yongyi Vornhulz

Pundit

Did he who made the Lamb make thee meaning?

I felt that the line that you pointed out, "Did he who made the Lamb make thee?" questions heaven and hell, the Devil and God (130). It expresses that the narrator of this poem wants to understand how God could make such intricate, large, ferocious and evil things, while as well making simple, beautiful, white lambs.

Aiyun Randi

Pundit

Why are there so many questions in the Tyger?

The narrator of "The Tyger" asks so many questions because he is genuinely perplexed about the nature of God. Over and over, awed by its majesty and yet frightened of the tiger, the narrator asks about the nature of the God who created it: What immortal hand or eye, Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Crecencio Julienne

Pundit

When the stars threw down their spears and watered heaven with their tears did he smile his work to see?

When the stars threw down their spears, And watered heaven with their tears, Did he smile his work to see? Did he who made the Lamb make thee? The first two lines of this stanza is a direct reference to Milton's Paradise Lost.

Alfreda Aharram

Pundit

When the stars threw down their spears these words are an example of?

Here, the stars threw down their spears even though they don't , so the words are an example of personification.

Petri Machtanz

Teacher

What is the structure of the Tyger?

"The Tyger" is six stanzas in length, each stanza four lines long. Much of the poem follows the metrical pattern of its first line and can be scanned as trochaic tetrameter catalectic. A number of lines, however, such as line four in the first stanza, fall into iambic tetrameter. "The Tyger" lacks narrative movement.

Flerida Risco

Teacher

What do the stars symbolize in the Tyger?

4. When the stars through their tears Stars symbolize angles. This may denotes to the fallen angels. They threw their spares and wept on creation of the tyger and their defeat.

Aleh Krantz

Teacher

What poetic devices are used in the Tyger?

Popular Literary Devices
  • Alliteration.
  • Apostrophe.
  • Assonance.
  • Ode.
  • Personification.
  • Rhyme.
  • Symbolism.

Gitta Uliana

Teacher

Does eye and symmetry rhyme?

It doesn't rhyme with "eye", though "see" and "thee" do rhyme with it. To answer the question, the great vowel shift had already occured, so symmetry was certainly pronounced closer to the way we do it in normal speech.

Sigrid Tahle

Reviewer

Which line from the poem The Tyger is an example of alliteration?

The line "Tyger Tyger, burning bright," which is repeated in the poem to begin the first and last stanzas, is probably the best example of alliteration.

Jurdan Unciti

Reviewer

What is the tone of the Tyger?

The tone of William Blake's "The Tyger" moves from awe, to fear, to irreverent accusation, to resigned curiosity. In the first eleven lines of the poem, readers can sense the awe that the speaker of the poem holds for the tiger as a work of creation.

Aase Santaren

Reviewer

What does burning bright mean in the Tyger?

Blake then supports that idea by describing the Tyger as “Burning Bright” The burning bright meaning being so ferocious, being so capable, so intelligent, and having the power to do anything. “what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?” The immortal hand or eye Blake uses is referring to a God.

Margaretha Torneiro

Reviewer

Why does the poet use the word wings in the second stanza?

These wings, as they narrow and grow fuller again, reinforce the meaning the poem communicates. The speaker represents humankind falling away from God, and as humanity becomes furthest from God, the poem itself thins almost to nothing, each line becoming a mere two words. This pattern is repeated in the second stanza.