Songs of Innocence and of Experience

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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?

from the poem Song of experience by William Blake

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This quatrain, a four-line verse from "The Tyger" by William Blake, is asking fundamental questions about the tiger and how he became the way he became. In other words, "In what distant deeps or skies/Burnt the fire of thine eyes?" asks the question about how the tiger became the ferocious way he is. Where (the distant deeps) did he get the fire that characterizes the tiger. "On what wings dare he aspire" asks the question how God (the he here) rose to the heights which he achieved to create this amazing ter. Finally, "what the hand dare seize the fire?" asks the question, who was so bold to seize the fire that created the fire in the tiger. This is all a question about God and how the creation of God's creatures happened.


"The Tyger"