Poems – William Blake


Who is William Blake

William Blake is often regarded as one of the greatest poets of the Romantic era, and with good reason. His works, spanning from the late 18th to early 19th century, are characterized by their lyrical, mystical and visionary qualities. Blake’s unique writing style and deep understanding of the human condition have earned him a lasting place in the literary canon. His poetry, often accompanied by his own illustrations, explores themes such as religion, social justice, and the power of the imagination.

Despite facing hardships and criticism during his lifetime, Blake’s legacy has endured and continues to inspire readers and writers alike. In this article, we will delve into the life and works of William Blake, examining the key themes and motifs that define his poetry and exploring the impact of his writing on the literary world.

From his early years as an apprentice engraver to his later years as a renowned poet and artist, we will uncover the complexities and genius of this remarkable literary figure. So, let us embark on a journey through the life and poetry of William Blake, and discover why he remains a celebrated figure in the world of literature.

The Tyger

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?

— William Blake