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TMe
Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 12:34:55 PM

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Tiger Tiger, 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, and what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? and 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?

Tiger Tiger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
-William Blake
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 1:04:19 PM

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One of my favourite poems - and a favourite Frank Frazetta illustration to go with it.

taurine
Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 1:14:34 PM

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I like it.
Orson Burleigh
Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 2:27:02 PM

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Think I suppose that we will now be required to reconsider the stereotypical image of cat-ladies.
Sanmayce
Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017 3:49:15 PM

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Captivating!

'Tyger' instead of 'Tiger', didn't know that.

Instantly made me recalling the superb movie featuring Johnny Depp 'Dead Man', especially the scene where William Blake initiates himself in tigerish poetry:
Do you know my poetry?

One of the many scenes where 'Nobody' helps Blake to cross the Purgatory:

- William Blake, do you know how to use this weapon?
- Not really.
- That weapon will replace your tongue. You will learn to speak through it, and your poetry will now be written with blood.


Also, it raises the question of origin of predatorism, how come that the god(s)/creator(s) made lamb & tiger archetypes, which is more divine?
Religious notions hardly can explain how being a prey is better than being a predator, no?





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Hope123
Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017 9:33:22 PM

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Lovely thread, TMe, and thanks to posters for the info. Gorgeous pix too.
TMe
Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017 1:22:38 AM

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You are so graceful, Hope123. This excellent virtue of accepting the truth is missing in many posters.
Hope123
Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017 11:01:17 AM

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TMe wrote:
You are so graceful, Hope123. This excellent virtue of accepting the truth is missing in many posters.


Aw shucks, TMe. You brought a teeny tear to my eye.
Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Saturday, August 26, 2017 12:14:09 PM

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What do 'Aw shucks' stands for, Hope123?
Hope123
Posted: Saturday, August 26, 2017 9:55:42 PM

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Hi AJ. Embarrassment but with pleasure. It's an old John Wayne western movie expression and I'm sure it is found elsewhere too.
Ashwin Joshi
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That's a big addition to my little knowledge. Thanks, Hope123
Nelson Cerqueira
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Drool Dark, but beautiful language!
tautophile
Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 10:38:42 PM
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When I was studying the mathematics of symmetry in college, I came up with:

Tyger, tyger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
Who would know that sigma-v
Is your plane of symmetry?

The 'sigma-v' plane of symmetry is the one that divides tigers (and humans) into right sides and left sides, rather like a mirror.
Romany
Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 6:46:39 AM
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Tautophile -

That's so clever! Did your supervisor appreciate it?

"Tyger Tyger" was one of the first poems I ever learnt off by heart - mainly, I think, because of the way my mother used to recite it. I have often wondered why none of his Songs of Innocence are - or ever have been - as popular as his Songs of Experience? Does it say something about us that Blake is considered by many as a "dark" poet, when he was concerned with the BALANCE of nature, and his corpus IS as balanced as he strove for.
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I like! And I have a nagging feeling I read this in a Calvin & Hobbes strip...
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, March 15, 2020 9:11:51 AM

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and in these moments life carries an air, a breath of stillness and despair, I hope everyone is well,
Jim Baker 2
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It's a shame I am not talented enough to write my own poems. I really love poetry and I like this post too.
Ashwin Vemuri
Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2020 1:08:32 AM

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Nice Poem, Inspires Me to Rekindle My Poem Creating Skills, long forgotten since College Days.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, May 11, 2020 10:46:15 PM

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Ashwin Vemuri wrote:
Nice Poem, Inspires Me to Rekindle My Poem Creating Skills, long forgotten since College Days.

Rhymes are in season -
There is no real reason
but whimsy and magic
decide more than logic.

You may wish to write rhyme
or just feel you have time.
You don't have to make sense
But come down off the fence.

Just give it a try and
We'll give you a big hand.
Yes - give it a try.
There's no need to be shy.


The place to practise your poetry-writing art is here. Or maybe here.
Ashwin Vemuri
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:21:35 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
Ashwin Vemuri wrote:
Nice Poem, Inspires Me to Rekindle My Poem Creating Skills, long forgotten since College Days.

Rhymes are in season -
There is no real reason
but whimsy and magic
decide more than logic.

You may wish to write rhyme
or just feel you have time.
You don't have to make sense
But come down off the fence.

Just give it a try and
We'll give you a big hand.
Yes - give it a try.
There's no need to be shy.


The place to practise your poetry-writing art is here. Or maybe here.



Thanks DragOnspeaker, I'm already following RPG for last few days and it's awesome to be in there
Dr Sanchika Gupta
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good share
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