William loving God would create a vicious predator, the

William Blake was known to be a mystic
poet who was curious about the unknowns in the world, and strived to find all
the answers.  Does God create both
good-natured and fearful creatures?  As a
question answered in the poem “The
Tyger” William Blake pondered on
why an all-powerful, loving God would create a vicious predator, the Tyger,
after he created a sweet, timid, harmless animal, the lamb.  The theme of this poem surrounds this idea of
why the same creator would create both a destructive and gentle animal.  This issue is brought up and discussed
through rhyme, repetition, allusion, and symbolism.

            The poem
opens up with the words, “Tyger
Tyger, burning bright,” Blake says
“Tyger” twice to make it seem to the reader that he is speaking directly to the
tiger and it sets up the theme of the night along with which comes darkness and
evil.  Used as comparison to the Tyger,
the words “Burning bright” compare the Tyger to fire.  Both of which are harmful, strong, wild,
forceful, and destructive.  In a way,
they also resemble each other in looks, as a Tyger in the dark, looks like a
fire because of its orange stripes.  In
the third and fourth stanza, Blake asks the first unanswered question, what
creator has the ability to make something with such “fearful symmetry”
(4)?  The second stanza asks the same question
but in a completely different way, wondering where Tyger came from.  In lines 10 and 20, Blake asks two
questions.  These questions are different
from the rest, he asks, “Did he smile his work to see? /Did he who made the
lamb make thee?” (19,20) Blake uses these lines to ask if the creator was
happy with his work of such a destructive soul, Blake also asks if the creator
of the lamb was also the creator of the Tyger. 
Many may look at this last question as if Blake was trying to connect
the evil Tyger with the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.  The last lines in the poem ask the same
question as the first, who could and who would create the Tyger.  

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