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Literary Analysis Of The Tyger By William Blake

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The Tyger, written in 1974, is one of both simplicity and mystery. Within this poem written by old English William Blake, there are 13 full questions within this short 24 line work. Though many literary analysts have attempted to forge a meaning from this work, not one theme has a more correct stance than any of the others. One clear symbol within the piece is the Tyger, who represents some form of evil entity, quite possibly Satan himself. One possibility for the theme is that the poet is questioning why God would create such an evil being. This can be exemplified in the first stanza and last stanzas, where the word “could” is changed to “dare”, implying a fear of such haunting creature.
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It helps the piece sound smoother and again relates back the chant-style that the poem follows.
Moreover, another strong sound device used in this piece is repetition. There are two large forms of repetition used for emphasis, with the first of which being the common repetition of words to create an importance on the subject. For example, in the very first line, the author writes “Tyger! Tyger! Burning bright.” The use of both repetition and exclamation marks signify the vast importance on the subject of the Tyger, whether this is a figurative image or a literal being. They force the reader to focus more upon the repeated subject and magnify it more clearly than the unrepeated words and phrases in the piece. The other use of repetition in this work is the repetition of an entire stanza. Both the first and last stanzas are exactly the same, excluding the variation of the words could and dare. This repetition again is an attempt to create a strong sense of definitiveness within the text. It makes the reader look back and pay close attention to what was actually said, and how the two words changing have created a result in two different meanings to the sentences.
As well as repetition and meter, rhyming is also used effectively in this poem. Blake follows an AABB rhyming scheme, and never varies from this concrete form. This lack of variation could be an attempt to do just about anything, but the best guess is that his failure to break from this rhyming scheme is his effort keep the reader constantly focused on what is being said and pondered, as opposed to forcing them to become distracted by an error in form. Another note that should be added is that, as mentioned earlier, the rhyming gives this poem an incantation–like...

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