Blake’s ‘The Tyger’: A Close Reading

Lesson rationale

Through these teaching ideas students are encouraged to explore William Blake’s innovative approach to creating and displaying his poetry, developing their understanding of the multi-talented individual whose poems and artwork continue to intrigue and delight a wide variety of audiences today.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • What is Blake’s purpose and who is his audience for ‘The Tyger’?
  • In what ways does Blake use questions to encourage the reader’s exploration of the poem?
  • How important is Blake’s fusion of sight and sound as an artist and poet?