In fire because of his burnt orange fur

In the poem “The
Tyger” by William Blake, the use of
rhyme, repetition, allusion, and symbolism all help the reader understand the
theme and what was going through the authors thoughts while writing.  William Blake was a mystic poet who channeled
his thoughts and questions to write poems. 
He questioned the creator of both the Tyger and lamb, how could the same
God create a destructive creature like the Tyger and on the other hand create a
gentle animal, the lamb.  This ties into
the theme of the poem of how a God could and would create a monster like the Tyger. 

The first line in the poem says, “Tyger Tyger, burning bright.”  By Blake
repeating the word Tyger twice, it feels to the reader as if we are speaking
directly to the tiger.  The next part, “burning bright” is used as a comparison.  Blake thinks of the tiger as fire, they both
are wild, destructive, and dangerous.  “Tyger Tyger, burning bright” compares the tiger to fire, not only
because they both have the same characteristics such as being dangerous, but in
the night, the tiger may look like a fire because of his burnt orange fur and pitch-black
stripes.  The first unanswered question Blake
asks in the poem, what creator has the ability to make something with such “fearful symmetry” (4) Blake is asking how any God could
create such a strong, destructive beast? 
This question is left unanswered, leaving the reader thinking.  The two questions in lines 19 and 20 are different
from the rest, Blake asks, “Did he
smile at his work? /Did he who made the lamb make thee?” (19,20) These lines are asking if the creator
was happy with his creation of the Tyger and if the same creator or God created
both the lamb and the tiger.  You can
look at this as if Blake was trying to connect the Tyger with the lamb of god, Jesus
Christ.  The very last line in the poem
ask the same question as in the first stanza, who could and would create the tiger. 

Rhyme has a huge impact on any poem, but in
this poem, rhyme allows the reader to see deeper into the thoughts of the
author and is able to imagine the tiger in a larger picture, and see the tiger as
a wicked being.  In this poem, each
stanza is made up of two couplets.  These
couplets because of their steady going rhyme, reminds the reader of the Tyger’s heartbeat, beating as we say the words as Blake
intended them to be read.  Blake states
what words he thinks are the most important to the poem by using
repetition.  Repetition plays a key role,
for example the word “dread” is repeated many times throughout the poem,
particularly in lines 12 and 15.  Every
time Blake repeats this word it adds emphasis to the word or phrase its used
in, contributing to the image of the Tyger in each readers mind. 

Allusion is also an important part of this
poem because of the way the author uses it to connect to the outside works that
may also encourage the reader to think in a certain way that goes along with
the themes of the poem.  The first
allusion, found in lines 7 and 8, are to the Greek gods Icarus and
Prometheus.  This allusion requires the
readers to think about gods and religion, which is a major part of the theme of
this poem.  Another allusion I see is in
line 20, which refers to another one of Blake’s
poems, “The Lamb.”  This
allusion is significant because the speaker asks, “Did he who made the Lamb make thee?” (20) 
And he wonders whether or not the same creator who made something so
gentle and pure could also make such an evil animal.  The allusion itself brings the reader to
think about the other poems and to contrast the two completely different
messages. 

The significance
in “The Tyger” is powerful and allows the reader to find the
deeper meaning in the poem.  The Tyger
stands for darkness and evil, and on the other hand, the lamb is the exact
opposite.  The mention of the blacksmith
in lines 13-16 symbolize the creator or God. 
This representation has a big effect on the poem because it makes the
poem about something more than just the animals and creation, but about the
debate of God creating something evil. Even with so many literary devices used
to enhance the reader’s understanding,
the final question still left the readers questioning: did the same God create
both the Tyger and the lamb?