The Tyger

William Blake 1757 (Soho) – 1827 (London)



Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forest 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 watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified by davidb on September 02, 2021

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Scheme AaBc ddxx eeff gghh xxcc AaBc
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 749
Words 143
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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  • Tygerpurr
    A favorite Poem of William Blake......and a favorite Poem I have set to a melody......
    LikeReply1 year ago

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