Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright!

Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright!

William Blake is a favorite poet of mine because he had a super-vivid imagination and he was basically loonier than pig who wears a bow tie and coat, but no pants… and eats bacon. He could look at a cloud, and he claimed that he could see the entire heavenly host arrayed there.  He believed in free love and open marriage, but was strictly faithful to his one beloved wife.  Contradictions are what makes him who he is.  His book Songs of Innocence and Experience, an early independently published book full of poetry and artwork, contains the poem about the Tyger (Blake’s personal misspelling) that inspired the Paffooney presented here.  The Tyger represents danger… rather than evil… and the danger inherent in God’s creation rather than the devil or Satan.  The poem is often paired with the poem about the Lamb, or the poem about the Worm.  Opposition.  Juxtaposition.  The very essence of surrealism.  So, I have tried to place a certain amount of menace in innocence in opposition to each other in this drawing.

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April 3, 2014 · 1:22 am

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