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In the poem “The Tyger” by
William Blake, the use of rhyme, repetition, allusion, and symbolism all help
the reader understand the theme and what was going through the authors thoughts
while writing.  William Blake was a
mystic poet who channeled his thoughts and questions to write poems.  He questioned the creator of both the Tyger
and lamb, how could the same God create a destructive creature like the Tyger
and on the other hand create a gentle animal, the lamb.  This ties into the theme of the poem of how a
God could and would create a monster like the Tyger. 

The first line in the poem says, “Tyger Tyger, burning bright.” 
By Blake repeating the word Tyger twice, it feels to the reader as if we
are speaking directly to the tiger.  The next
part, “burning bright” is used as a comparison.  Blake thinks of the tiger as fire, they both
are wild, destructive, and dangerous.  “Tyger Tyger, burning bright” compares the tiger to fire, not only
because they both have the same characteristics such as being dangerous, but in
the night, the tiger may look like a fire because of his burnt orange fur and pitch-black
stripes.  The first unanswered question Blake
asks in the poem, what creator has the ability to make something with such “fearful symmetry” (4) Blake is asking how any God could create such a
strong, destructive beast?  This question
is left unanswered, leaving the reader thinking.  The two questions in lines 19 and 20 are different
from the rest, Blake asks, “Did
he smile at his work? /Did he who made the lamb make thee?” (19,20) These lines are asking if the creator
was happy with his creation of the Tyger and if the same creator or God created
both the lamb and the tiger.  You can
look at this as if Blake was trying to connect the Tyger with the lamb of god, Jesus
Christ.  The very last line in the poem
ask the same question as in the first stanza, who could and would create the tiger. 

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Rhyme has a huge impact on any
poem, but in this poem, rhyme allows the reader to see deeper into the thoughts
of the author and is able to imagine the tiger in a larger picture, and see the
tiger as a wicked being.  In this poem,
each stanza is made up of two couplets. 
These couplets because of their steady going rhyme, reminds the reader
of the Tygers heartbeat, beating as we say the words as Blake intended them to
be read.  Blake states what words he
thinks are the most important to the poem by using repetition.  Repetition plays a key role, for example the
word “dread” is repeated many times throughout the poem, particularly in
lines 12 and 15.  Every time Blake
repeats this word it adds emphasis to the word or phrase its used in,
contributing to the image of the tiger in each readers mind.