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  • Literary Period: Romantic
  • Publication Date: 1794
Poetry

The Tyger

Renowned English poet William Blake published “The Tyger” in 1794, during the Romantic period. The poem was included in a collection entitled Songs of Experience and is perhaps Blake’s most popular work. In it, the speaker poses a series of unanswered questions about the nature of the Tyger’s creator who dared to “forge” such a beast into existence. Ultimately, the Tyger becomes a symbol of darkness and danger as the speaker confronts the poem’s central paradox: how can God allow goodness and evil to exist together in the world?

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  • Literary Period: Romantic
  • Publication Date: 1794