Friday, 29 August 2014
The Tyger: from 'could' to 'dare'
There are so many burning questions in Blake's hot, flaming poem about the life-force, about creation, about inspiration, a poem that Kazin rightly calls a 'hymn to pure being' (Kazin, Alfred. "Introduction". The Portable Blake). There is beauty and there is violence in the Tyger - innocence and experience, 'good', 'evil'. These contradictions, these seeming opposites, are unresolved in the poem and in us, and we can only see and acknowledge the fearful symmetry of the Tyger burning bright in the forests of the night. The change from the functional 'could' to the challenge and risk of 'dare' over the course of the poem leaves us even more in awe of the complexity and grandeur of this process of life, of being, of becoming.