The Tiger

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The Tiger

The Tiger is a poem written by William Blake. It is about a tiger and how God created all living creatures including the lamb which the tiger eats.

I think that the poet calls the tiger's body fearful because it strikes fear into the hearts of all who see it in waiting for prey, and because its claws can rip you up in a matter of seconds.

I  believe that what the poet means when he wrote the metaphor about the tiger “burning bright” in the nighttime forest is that the tiger's fur is visible while it is in the forest at nighttime when there are not many colors.

The other creature that the poet tells us about in this poem is the peaceful lamb which is in stark contrast with the ferocious tiger.

A question which the poet asks in this poem is why did the Lord create the tiger that would cause such pain to the lamb. The answer to this question is that it was not made to kill lambs or other animals, but because of Adam and Eve's sins death entered into the world, and the tiger and other predators became meat eaters.

A personification used in this poem is "When the stars threw down their spears, And watered heaven with their tears," is a poetic way to say that the stars give off light that looks like tears and spears.

The rhyme for this poem is AABB which means that the first two lines of each stanza rhyme and the second two lines of the stanza also rhyme.