…and Now More Poetry

Blog Post #53

I’ve always loved poetry. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love the cadence of poetry, the imagery, the language, — the feelings that a poem could evoke.

When I was about 13 or 14, I stumbled across a book of poems on my mother’s bookshelf. It was a collection of works by William Blake.

I idly turned the pages, reading bits here and there, until I came upon The Tyger.  I was spellbound, so much so, that I set about memorizing the entire poem. I’m not sure why I fell in love with this particular poem, I don’t think I know now. What I do know is that I am still in awe of the imagery that illustrates both the powerful, wild, and fierce aspects of life along with the meek, gentle and quiet nature of our world. The dark and the light.


The Tyger
by William Blake

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 seize 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?


Beautiful, right?

What’s your favourite poem or song?


Brynne’s Daily Drawing #53

Brynne's Daily Drawing #53


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