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i not get what this poem mean, wat features do it tell of tyger? i say that it say it be fearful powerful. and i not get these lines, it have to be what poet tell abt nature of this animals creator

what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?
-this be that it wonder how god make good and evil?

in what distant deeps or skies burnt the fires of thine eyes?
i not get what these mean

did he who make the lamb make thee?
i not get what it ask here? i think lamb stand for innocence?

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 sieze 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 watered 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?

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    Have you read the companion poem to this one? Blake's "The Lamb"?

    http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/172926

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    wat features do it tell of tyger? i say that it say it be fearful powerful. Yes, I agree, but what will you add once you also read "The Lamb"? If you believe the lamb is the symbol of innocence, what is the tyger a symbol of?

    and i not get these lines, it have to be what poet tell abt nature of this animals creator <~~Yes, I agree.

    what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?
    -this be that it wonder how god make good and evil? Almost, but not yet. At this point, the poet is just commenting on the powerful being that could create such a powerful animal.

    in what distant deeps or skies burnt the fires of thine eyes?
    i not get what these mean
    The "distant deeps" refers to the deepest parts of the oceans; in contrast, what does "skies" refer to beyond the obvious reference to the earth's atmosphere?

    did he who make the lamb make thee?
    i not get what it ask here? i think lamb stand for innocence? See your first question.

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    thanks very much writeacher :) and i think tyger stand for evil. skies means heaven?

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    Right ... on both!!

  • English -

    thanks very much writeacher :)
    i not get what these mean though

    burnt the fires of thine eyes

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    I think it goes back to the first line -- "burning bright" -- what was burning, do you think?

    Also ... be sure to read the section on Themes here:
    http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net/Guides2/Tiger.html

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