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In this poem the poet wonders who could have made a creature as powerful and mighty as the tiger. Draw an outline of a tiger (look up an image online or in a book to help you). Fill the space inside your outline with words from the poem that describe the tiger’s power. Think about the first two lines of the first and last verses - the bright tiger in the ‘forest of the night’ - perhaps use colour to make your tiger and its words stand out against the background. Say all your words out loud in a powerful voice when you have them altogether, before reading the whole poem out loud again.

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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, 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 watered 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?

The Tyger

by William Blake