Poem introduction

A companion piece to Blake’s poem 'The Lamb', 'The Tyger' has been called the most anthologised poem in English. Certainly it’s a poem that has entered the national consciousness and still beats in the bloodstream, in a merciless and insistent rhythm where every syllable, every preposition even, is weighted like iron. The urgency behind his interrogation is ferocious as Blake posits the most essential question of faith: Why is there such pain and horror in our world, given a merciful God? God the Creator, the blacksmith, is also identified with the creative artist, but there is no answer, the question is left reverberating and we are left, caught between beauty and savagery to face the eternal mystery at the heat of creation.

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