Rhythm and the Tyger
“The Tyger” is one of the most famous works by William Blake. It is a great poem, which clearly shows the reader the way in which poetic devices and sound and rhythm affect the meaning of a poem. William Blake questions the nature of God, and faith. He asks two important rhetorical questions in the poem. Does God create both good and evil? If so what right does God have to do this? The poem is a cycle of questioning the creator of the tyger, discussing how it could have been created, and back to questioning the creator. It is a powerful poem, which leaves the reader with much to ponder.
Blake uses poetic devices in “The Tyger” to create an effect that emphasizes and parallels the main theme. The main theme of the poem is whether God would create both good and bad things. Blake uses rhythm and meter very well in the poem. Most of the poem is written in trochaic tetrameter. We see this in line 3, “What immortal hand or eye.” The rhythm
In addition he uses euphony in line 20, "Did he who made the lamb make thee" This soft and gentle sounding line enforces the gentle image of God, and makes us doubt that God created the Tyger. The rhyme scheme of the poem is AABBCCDD ECT. Blake also uses rhyme to show the two different sides. By making the line smooth sounding and emphasizing the "i" sound, he increases the importance of God"tms gentle side. This is important, as a major theme is the two different natures of God, and the possibility of two creators. is very harsh sounding, exemplifying the nature of the tyger. Blake uses the two opposite sounds of the poem to emphasize the dichotomy of the poem, with the two natures of God, and the two creators. However, some of the lines were written in iambic tetrameter, such as line 10, "Could twist the sinews of thy heart" This rhythm is much softer sounding, representing the gentle nature of God. By using couplets, he emphasizes the dichotomy of the poem. " In line 10 Blake uses both Assonance and iambic tetrameter. He uses alliteration in the poem to emphasize the nature of the Tyger, such as in line 5, "distant deeps. " Assonance is used as well to emphasize the greatness of God such as in line 10, "twist the sinews. By changing "could" with "dare" Blake states that if God could make the Tyger, then how dare he do so. Blake uses several poetic devices, which add greatly to his work in "The Tyger. At certain parts of the poem, rough angry sounding words are used to emphasize the brute nature of the tyger, while at other parts, smooth sounding words are used to emphasize the gentle nature of God.