10 of the most famous poems in the English Literature (X)

Hello beautiful people! This is it, our last poem in this series of 10 of the most famous poems in the English Literature, the famous The Tyger by William Blake. This poem is so well-known in the history of literature that it needs no introduction. Tigers can’t burn, nights don’t have forests , do they?… It’s widely known that his poem works on a metaphorical level, but what is this poem really talking about? What are your thoughts?

 

The Tyger

Poet: William Blake

Published: 1794

Excerpt: 

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?

 

Quick fact:

 It is one of the most analysed poems and Cambridge calls it the “the most anthologized poem in English”. The Tyger is not only the most famous work of William Blake but also one of the best known poems of all time. In The Tyger, the speaker focuses on the subject of creation asking who could have made such a terrifying beast as the tiger.

You can read and listen to the whole poem here. If you would like to read about William Blake’s biography, click here. And if you are interested in reading an analysis of the poem, read this article.

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