The Tyger (Poem) Summary
William Blake

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“The Tyger” is a 6-stanza lyric poem primarily in catalectic trochaic tetrameter by English Romantic poet William Blake. It was originally published with an illustration by Blake himself as part of his 1794 collection Songs of Experience, which the poet merged with his earlier book of poems Songs of Innocence to form Songs of Innocence and of Experience Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul. One of the best-known poems in the English language, Blake uses the image of a tiger to radically question Christian beliefs. Positing the tiger as the opposite of the lamb, Blake wonders how the same creator could be responsible for both creatures.

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