Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Tyger, Tyger, by William Blake

Feeling like I didn't have anything to say today, I thought I'd share a favorite poem. So I had to think of one. And the first one I thought of, I couldn't find a copy of it. This is the second one. This is actually not a poem that I love for itself, but I have a great deal of respect for it. That's because when I read it to a class of restless fifth graders, just average 10-year-olds, they stayed quiet and were mesmerized by it. So I know it's got something special, and I'll keep trying to see what it is.

Tyger, Tyger
by William Blake (1757-1827)

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?


yellojkt said...

Was the Tyger poem inspired by the Exxon-Mobil profits? It does make sense that the larges company in the world would make the most profits.

There was an NPR story yesterday that Walmart is 2% of the entire US economy. 2% sounds like an absolutely huge number to me.

Read/Think/Live said...

You almost wish that my thoughts had some sort of coherence like that, that one day was somehow connected to another (?) but no, I just ramble randomly from one thought to the next.

I read that WalMart is China's single biggest customer. WalMart is huge. Somehow China and WalMart together are going to change our world in ways we can't imagine.

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