I would like a short paraphrase for the poem "The Tyger".

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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In “The Tiger” the idea that the tiger is made by someone with hands and eyes suggests the stories in the Biblical book of Genesis, Blake asks where the “fire in the tiger's eyes originates.”  Blake asks “what immortal hand or eye. Could frame thy fearful symmetry?” The last stanza takes us back to Genesis and the creation story by asking if “did he smile His work to see? Did he who made the lamb make thee?”

This poem is not so much about the tiger as it really is, but, as it appears to the eye of the beholder. Blake imagines the tiger as the symbol of God's power in creation: the animal is terrifying in its beauty and strength

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sjp | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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I'm not sure that I understand your question.

My best guess is that you are referring to William Blake's poem "The Tiger."  Blake's poem describes the magnificence of a Tiger in the jungle and asks (rhetorically) who could have made such an amazing creature. The poem extoles many features of the tiger, including it's eyes, shoulders, and heart, wondering at the source of such fierce perfection. 

Enotes has an excellent study guide on Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience, of which "The Tiger" and it's counterpart "The Lamb" are a part. 


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