David Boyd wrote:
On 1 Jan 2017, at 22:19, Chanan Mittal wrote:
The tiger defines us for what we are.
Nonsense. Before you can say that you first have to say what the tiger is? Which features of the tiger define the "essence" of humanity ("we")? Blake is very clear that the Tyger is OTHER than "us"; It is that otherness that allows the Tyger to provoke a question or series of questions -- including the question raised by the simultaneous existenmce of Tyger and Lamb. (The poems of experience make no sense unless the reader pairs them with the poems of innocence.) It is mere mindless flippancy to make such empty statements as "X is us."