The Tyger

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 184
  • Published : November 26, 2008
Open Document
Text Preview
"The Tyger", written by William Blake uses a number of devices to bring the poem to life. Included is the use of alliteration in different forms, repetition and caesura, which is a break in speech or conversation.

William uses the two types of alliteration in moderation, the echoing of vowels and the repetition of consonants. With the repetition he brings emphasis on rhyming every last word at the end of each line. This brings more focus on the piece of literature, thereby as a reader, I would ask the question, why write it this way? This also gives the sentences a solid meaning. “Tyger! Tyger! Burning bright” and “In the forests of the night”. There is a reputation of the word “Tyger”, which is repeated in the beginning. Therefore making it the focal point of the writing. “Bright” and “night” have almost the opposite meaning but here are used in a play on words form. “Burning bright,” shows the worth of the tiger and states its strength. There is some use of metaphoric with this were the tiger is referred to as a “fire” symbolizes power. With just the first few sentences, the author captures the readers attention.

William is well known for using repetition in his literature. In “The Tyger “ he tends to repeat the word “What,” this brings closer attention to the question of how the animal brings feelings of reverence and also raises question about whom gave life to the tiger. Along with all this, it is asking the question of which, why the Tyger is livid. William uses repetition to blend the whole poem together. "Tyger! Tyger! Burning bright

In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?",
this phrase is used in the beginning, then again as the author concludes the poem but changing the could to dare in the end . This showing the transformation of the poem. In the beginning the readers don't have much knowledge about the tiger, but as the poem goes on they gain knowledge and by changing “could” to...
tracking img