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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.
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