Homework Help

Is "The Tyger" by William Blake Romantic? If so, give examples of how it is Romantic.

user profile pic

joiner | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 26, 2012 at 1:21 AM via web

dislike 0 like

Is "The Tyger" by William Blake Romantic? If so, give examples of how it is Romantic.

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 26, 2012 at 1:57 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

William Blake is usually considered one of the major early Romantic poets. His visionary Songs of Innocence and Experience, the collection in which Tyger appeared, had significant influence on later Romantic writers. The first Romantic characteristic of the poem is that it belongs to Blake’s own, rather idiosyncratic, mystical religious beliefs rather than to an established religion or systematic theology. Next, it expresses an enthusiastic and pantheistic view of nature and both poetic inspiration and path to appreciation of the divine. The unusual syntax and dramatic rhythms of the poem add to the Romantic impression, distancing Blake from the measured cadences and pure diction of the Augustans.

Sources:

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes