Tiger Essay

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WILLIAM BLAKE THE TIGER The Tiger belongs to Songs of Experience which was written by William Blake. In this poem he expresses his thoughts about religion and Christian doctrine, and inquiries about the absolute supremacy of God. The theme of the poem is the conflict between man and his fate. The poet wonders whether the same creator who created the meek and docile lamb, was the one to create the ferocious and deadly tiger. William Blake does not understand why or how the deity who is responsible for good and innocence, is, at the same time, the same who inserts violence and evil in this world. He sees a conflict between the creation of heartless, burning predator and its potential victim, the lamb. Alliteration in "The Tiger" abounds and helps create a sing-song rhythm. Examples include the following: "burning bright" (1) "distant deeps" (5) "what wings" (7) "began to beat" (11) "dare its deadly" (16) "he who" (20) In the first line we could find an example of synecdoche, a literary device used when a part represents the whole or the whole represents a part. Line 1 "Tiger! Tiger! burning bright" alludes to the predator's eyes. One of the main literary devices that Blake has put to effective use in the poem is symbolism. Examples include: (1) the tiger represents the dangers of mortality; (2) the fire imagery symbolizes trials (baptism by fire perhaps); (3) the forest of the night represents unknown realms or challenges; (4) the blacksmith represents the Creator; (5) the fearful symmetry symbolizes the existence of both good and evil, the knowledge that there is opposition in all things, a rather fearful symmetry indeed. In the 4th verse the author uses a metaphor for giving us a vision of a skillful and powerful blacksmith creating the tiger's beating heart awakening a powerful beast. The phrase "...twist the sinews of thy heart" is also an

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