William Blake – The Tiger

TIGER, tiger, 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 and what art

Could twist the sinews of thy heart?

And when thy heart began to beat,

What dread hand and 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?

 

Tiger, tiger, burning bright

In the forests of the night,

What immortal hand or eye

Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

 

William Blake

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2 responses to “William Blake – The Tiger

  1. Hmmm…are you familiar with the american film maker Jim Jarmusch; his film "Dead Man"?  Because this is an american film, and obscure at that, it might not be something that would come your way.  It’s also an older film.  One of the characters in the film was "William Blake" and, according to Jarmusch, there are some thematic issues in the film that are influenced by Blake.

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