Monday Morning Poem: The Tiger, by William Blake



I’ve always loved the Blake poem about the tiger (see below) A few years back, there was a program on PBS about domestic cats, “Tiny Tigers”. If you think about it, that’s exactly what they are! Here are some of my favorite books about cats:

The Tribe of Tiger by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas.

How to Talk to Your Cat by Patricia Moyes

The Cat Who……series by Lillian Jackson Braun: a couple of Siamese solve crimes for their owner.

The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory : the ups and downs of taking in a homeless kitty.

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by TS Eliot: the poetry upon which the extraordinary Broadway show “Cats” is based.

No Naughty Cats by Debra Pirotin : when I need to figure out what’s going on with my furry 3.

Why Cats Paint by Heather Busch: Ha! It could happen!

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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 watered 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?

Published in 1794 in Songs of Experience

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