The poem the Tiger is one of the poems from the ‘songs of experience’ collection of poems written by William Blake.
The poems main theme pays attention to tiger creator and centers on the creation aspects.
Do the ferocious tiger and the adorable lamb share the same creator?
These are questions that never cease to linger in the mind of the poet.
Songs of Innocence is a collection of poems that see the natural world without fear. These poems are about a safe world, in which children can have the confidence in the beauty of the things in the world.
Blake makes a similarity between a lamb and a child which are both gentle, mild and crooning, giving us the sense of its softness and child-like nature.The poet compares the fierce, ferocious and brutal tiger to the gentle, frail and adorable lamb and wonders whether they have the same creator.The word tiger is emphasized through repetition on the opening of the poem to create rhythm in the poem. These poems where about more adult things like religion, the way that adults had to work and the way that the industrial revolution came into the perspective. The rhyme scheme that is used in this poem is simple rhyming couplets. The first verse of the poem asks questions, “Little lamb who made thee? Words that are used to create these images are words like mead, delight, bright, softest, gentle, tender and rejoice. Experience brings cares, duties and responsibilities. Innocence cannot last forever, you have to experience politics, law and religion. The scheme that is used for this poem is symmetrical and has rhyming couplets. The poem talks to the tiger, asking it questions, “What immortal eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? Words that suggest that the tiger is frightening are “fearful symmetry”, “burning bright” and “deadly terror”. People have to work for a living other vise they will die and after a while we would all die out. He loved London very much, the sights, sounds and smells were a big inspiration to his poetry. He rebelled against all institutions, schools, the church and the monarchy. Then he published a collection of poems called Songs of Experience, which was published in 1794. These words create images that are natural, soft and gentle. The second verse answers questions, “Little Lamb I tell thee”. The to lines at the beginning of the verse repeat and so do the two at the end. Songs of Experience is a collection of poems that explore the adult world. Some words that are used to show this are, burning, immortal, fearful, hammer, chain, furnace, deadly and terror. Some words that are used to describe the industrial or working part of this poem are hammer, chain, furnace and anvil.If the poem was created in a furnace then it must have been so hot this represents the rage of the tiger.Once the creation of the tiger was completed and it set foot on the earth bursting with life there were a lot cries that flooded heaven from the stars.The tiger is described as being brightly colored and fire has been symbolically used to represent horror, fury, superiority and force.The poet says that the tiger is merciless and cold blooded that even its creator must be immortal or else it might turn against its creator.The “dread hand”, “dread feet” and “deadly terrors clasp” also symbolizes experience and God its creator.Both poems explore how presence of innocence, goodness and unity can be challenged by the presence of experience which is destruction or the powers of evil.