Beautiful Work in Year 9

IGS Head of Year 12 and English Teacher Tim Lester shared Beautiful Work from his Year 9 student Clara Gardiner-Cox.

Clara explored the meaning of the extended metaphor in Blake’s The Tyger (1794) through her artwork.

Clara joins a long tradition of scholars and thinkers to analyse and be inspired by Blake’s poem, first published in 1794.

The Tyger

By William Blake in 1794 

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?