Tyger, Tyger (a William Blake poem)

Tyger, Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies,
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger, Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

I’ve heard about that poem since they mentioned it on that “Batman: The Animated Series” tv episode. Selina Kyle/Catwoman became a real cat girl before Cheetah came along in “Justice League”. It was a mad scientist named Dr. Dorian who did it as he was the tutor of Dr. Kirk Langstrom/Man-Bat. He preferred cats more often, as he experimented on humans to have their DNA. Make them into real cat people, unlike the were-cats you see in “Cat People”.

Since then, this poem hasn’t been shown very much in media. Just that “Mean Streets” movie from Martin Scorsese with Harvey Kietel & Robert De Niro, one more called “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys”, and that video game “Devil May Cry 5”.

William Blake may not be a popular poet like Wilfred Owen, or John McCrae, or Bonnie Parker with Clyde Barrow, or any famous poet we know, but this did made him critically acclaimed I believe.

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