What is William Blake's point in writing the poem "The Tyger"?

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Trying to discuss Blake's "point" in writing "The Tyger" requires that we understand Blake's intention in composing the poem, and we can only guess at a poet's intention--unless we have his own statement about why he wrote a particular poem.  But we can, based on what we know of Blake from his works, try to understand the meaning of the poem.

"The Tyger," which is part of a group of poems called Songs of Experience (1794), is a counterpoint to an earlier collection of poems, Songs of Innocence (1789), in which we find "The Lamb."  In both poems, Blake is asking the same question--that is, "What kind of God made you the way you are?"  In "The Lamb," for example, Blake indicates that the Lamb's creator is "called by thy name,/For he calls himself a Lamb" (ll. 13-15).  This is clearly a reference to Christ, who is...

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