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The Evil Of Nature In Blake's The Tyger

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The Evil of Nature in Blake's The Tyger

In the poem "The Tyger" Blake comments on nature and in particularly
its creator. He comments on the darker side of nature, and the animal
kingdom, through the tiger.

Blake describes the tiger as a creature of nature that he fears. He
describes the "fire in thine eyes", its "deadly terror clasp" and also
its "dread hand" and " dread feet". He uses an extended metaphor of
fire to describe the vivid colour of its coat but also because fire
has many connotations with evil. Blake mentions, "when the stars threw
down there spears, and water'd heaven with their tears" and this to
comments on the horrors of nature. The stars, which Blake refers to,
are like angels and they are so shocked by the creation of the tiger
that they forced to drop their spears and weep. Another technique that
is used to create an evil image of this animal is the punctuation at
the beginning " Tyger! Tyger!" which gives the tiger an air of being a
strong, forceful and powerful creature

Blake's choice of a tiger is significant to the poem as this is what
he has chosen to embody nature. This poem was written in the late 18th
century and at this time tigers would have been a rarity and it is
highly likely that Blake had not actually seen a tiger first hand
himself. This therefore gives the tiger a sense of mystery in Blake's
eyes and maybe through his and his audience's lack of experience of
this animal he is commenting on the mysterious side of nature. This
unknown side of nature is also hinted at in the first stanza "in the
forests of the night". This choice of language creates an image of an
unknown, mysterious and hostile land. The unconventional way Blake
spells tiger ("Tyger") also adds to the feeling that this is an
exotic, mysterious creature that is to be feared.

Although Blake sees the tiger as mysterious and evil creature this is
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