Through Blake’s use of repetition, he carries out a general theme of the positive in life eternally countered by a negative. The good versus evil premise is shown through repetitive questioning by comparing the Tyger’s evil personality to that of the innocent Lamb. However, the repetition most successfully adds a sense of darkness and suspense to the piece. The suspense of learning the answers to the contrasting questions and the increasingly dark imagery intensifies the experience for readers. Blake effectively emits a tone of evil from the Tyger when he questions, “What the hammer? What the chain? / In what furnace was thy brain? / What the anvil? What dread grasp/ Dare its deadly terrors clasp?” (13-16, Blake). The imagery is vivid enough to emit a definite feeling, yet vague enough to maintain a hint of mystery, correlating with the Tygers dark mysterious nature. This frightening nature allows the Tyger to take on an evil persona, leading to the opposite purity and significance of the Lamb.
It is clear that Blake uses couplets to develop a rhyme scheme that distinguishes between good and evil, or in his case, the opposing Tyger and Lamb. The Tyger itself is contrasted through its beautiful colour, striking appearance and savage... [continues]
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