I have often heard that William Blake’s The Tyger is supposed to resemble a nursery rhyme.
For example, in analysis I found on “Mercs Poetry Blog”:
This poem, despite its mature themes and connotations reminds me of nursery rhymes from my childhood, like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. The utter fascination with a natural being, the rhyme structure, the change between trochaic and iambic tetrameter and the repetition of the first stanza at the end with a slight modification are all shared characteristics between the two pieces. However, The Tyger came first, as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was penned in 1804.
The blogger says that the poem reminds him/her of a nursery rhyme due to its resemblance to Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. However, they also mention that The Tyger came first.
I have 2 questions:
- Does The Tyger have other characteristics which resemble nursery rhymes that could have been picked up on by a contemporary audience?
- Since The Tyger was probably intended to be sung, is there any evidence to suggest that Blake intended for it to be sung in a manner similar to a nursery rhyme?