The Tiger

The Tyger

What’s your favorite animal? One of mine is the tiger. I love watching these big cats and when Aladdin came out I loved that Princess Jasmine had a pet tiger. I know it’s poetry Saturday, Have you ever read the Tyger by William Blake. I fell in love with tigers at an early age, my parents instilled a love of animals to me. We often visited the zoo and the Tigers were always at the top of the list of animals to see.


I fell in love with this poem in 8th grade. It was one of the first poems that I picked and memorized on my own. I was homeschool til 7th grade and most of the time poetry was either assigned or practiced with my mom. This is one that I picked out and memorized and to this day the words Tiger tiger burning bright float around my head.



The Tyger

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?


Psalm 4:8

In peace, I will lie down and sleep. Lord, you alone keep me safe.


TTFN and May God bless you and Keep you.

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