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The Tyger Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. What is the Tyger or what does it represent? Is it the artist’s creation? Is it inspiration? Is it God? Creation in general? A poem? Or really just a tiger?
  2. Who or what created the Tyger? Whose "hands," "feet," and "eyes" are we talking about here? Is it the artist? Is it God? A god? You?!
  3. Here's a challenging question: was the Tyger created at all?
  4. What is the significance of the one-word change from the first to last stanza of the poem?
  5. How does this poem relate to Blake’s other poem, "The Lamb"?
  6. What’s with all the questions posed in the poem? There are thirteen question marks, and only one complete sentence that doesn’t end with one. Why? Did Blake’s keyboard just have a sticky key?

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