Imagery and symbolism in THE TYGER

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“Can you give to the horse mightyness? Can you clothe its neck with a rustling mane? Can you cause it to leap like a locust?”(Job 39:19-20) William Blake’s The Tyger is reminiscent of when God questioned Job rhetorically about his creations, many of them being fearsome beasts such as the leviathan or the behemoth. Much like this speech from the old testament, The Tyger also uses a significant amount of imagery and symbolism …

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…is a symbol of Jesus Christ. These symbols and images make the question of whether or not the same God could create both these creatures all the more dramatic. The spiritual aspects of this poem are apparent and undeniable. Equally so is Blake’s use of symbolism and imagery which contribute to these. The Tyger just goes to show that literature need not be divinely inspired in order in order to be spiritually thought provoking.