About the Poem

If a teacher ever asks you to compare Max's Tiger Tiger with Blake's The Tyger, you could suggest it's as perceptive a question as asking someone to compare a clothes horse with a racehorse. There is a certain nominal similarity, but they're really entirely different beasts.

Category

Nonsense Verse

Style

Nonsense poem

Length

10 lines

Key Stage

KS2, KS3

Author

Max Scratchmann

Tiger Tiger

Tiger, tiger, burning dark,
In the playground of the park,
Flying high upon the swings,
Flitting from gymnasium rings,
Oh, can a mortal man like me,
Ever match your symmetry?
Or will I stand here at the railings,
Torn between the swings and palings,
Oh tiger, tiger, what’s the key,
To be like you, for one like me?

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