Tyger, Tyger, burning bright…

Welcome to a luminous new year! For my first post of the 2010 decade, I’m sharing this lush, magical Brazillian short-short film, discovered via Rattapallax Magazine. The film was inspired by William Blake’s poem, “The Tyger” (*although the text does not appear in the film, so I’ll share it below for the benefit of those who don’t remember it).

This film also reminds me of later sections of Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound, in which The Earth and Moon are healed and revitalized, and blossom into new life.

The Tyger (from Songs Of Experience)
– William Blake

Tyger! Tyger! 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 sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art.
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & 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?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

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