How does William Blake offer his values and ideals relating to his world in the poem "The Tyger"?

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Blake held the radical view that "Nature is Imagination itself," and exercise of imagination leads to wisdom and insight." In his poem, "The Tyger," this aesthetic philosophy permeates his lines as Blake asks,

What immortal hand or eye/Could frame thy fearful symmetry?/In what distant deeps or skies/Burnt the fire of thine eyes?..../And what shoulder and what art/Could twist the sinews of thy heart?/And, when thy heart began to beat,/What dread hand and what dread feet?

Even in his metrics, Blake refuses to be confined.  He did away at times with end rhyme and replaced it with rhythmic devices such as word repetition (e.g.hand, eye, what shoulder, what art, what dread hand, what dread feet).

His poem "The Tyger" pulses with power, with energy, just as does the majestic animal of the "immortal" imagination, the "symmetry" of the tiger that expands this image to an abstract that, when "frame[d]" and "fearful," the reader is almost jolted by the beautiful contrast and profound truth of the description. "The Tyger" is an inspiration.