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The Tyger Elemental Conflict Essay

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Elemental Confliction
When looking at the poem, The Tyger, written by British poet, William Blake he chooses Tyger versus Lamb to develop a sense of strength versus frailty. How these two animals, who are the complete opposite of each other, could possibly have been made by the same creator. William Blake does this by using imagery, symbolism and repetition in this poem. By looking deeper into this poem, I will emphasize these points and provide evidence to support these ideas.

By seeing the Tyger as big and ferocious and the Lamb as small and innocent the perception of opposition is created. Blake refers to the Tyger as a fearsome beast by writing “Tyger! Tyger! burning bright in the forests night,” as well as “In what distant deeps or skies burnt the fire of thine eyes?” The ...view middle of the document...

Using the image of a Blacksmith to portray the creator by using such words as “hammer”, “chain”, and “anvil” to give readers this illusion.
Another form William Blake uses is symbolism. The symbol of the Tyger is one of inspiration, and power whereas the Lamb symbolizes tenderness and a sense of serenity. The fire associated with the Tyger, which contributes to the Tyger’s ferocity and the fact it is big, and powerful. Fire is a source of energy, and since the Tyger seems to be filled with fire, then he too must be filled with energy. An example of this would be, the fire of the Blacksmith’s furnace is the fire of creation, by which the Tyger was formed. Fire is a consumer of life that gives the feeling of rage, and anger which often the Tyger is compared with, whereas water is a creator of life and instills a feeling of peacefulness and tranquility, which is symbolized in the Lamb.
The repetition of the first stanza versus last stanza, by all but one distinct word, “could frame thy”, to “dare frame thy” ties the poem together, with a rhythmic, almost song-like repetition. Instead of questioning the competency of the creator, Blake is now questioning his motive. How could such contradicting characters be created by the same hand. He challenges the creator with changing the word “could” to “dare”.
The Tyger is a poem composed of questions. From the beginning of the poem to the conclusion the speaker ponders the constitution of the vicious Tyger, and the polar opposite the gentle lamb. Blake leaves the reader bewildered that the same creator could create such beauty and calmness vs fury and anger. This is a question that not only the speaker of The Tyger could not solve, but a question that will be asked by every generation, from now until the end of time with no chance of ever being answer by anyone, but the creator.

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