Tyger, Too!

Blake.

Blake.

Below is William Blake’s ‘The Tyger’ as presented by The Poetry Foundation.

THE TYGER

By William Blake

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?
And what shoulder, & what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?
What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!
When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

1794


Taking the original Blake piece, I have used idea rhymes as substitutions on the end of every second line throughout ‘The Tyger’ in order to create a poem that makes comments upon the original, as well as presenting new questions within a familiar framework. I hope you enjoy!

Tyger, Too!

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright,
In the forests of the ash;
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful mirror’s mask?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine wrath?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the task?

And what shoulder, & what art
Could twist the sinews of thy mind?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread shrine?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy blame?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors ask!

When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their milk:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make filth?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright,
In the forests of the last:
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful fury’s path?

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