Tyger, tyger, burning bright / in the forests of the night

January 10, 2013

The_Tyger_BM_a_1794Today Laura was asking about books (unabridged books, originals) to read.

There’s a modern ghost story that I enjoyed a couple of summers ago. I bought it because of its title — because the title is a modified version of one of the lines in William Blake’s Tyger (“his fearful symmetry):

Her Fearful Symmetry, by Audrey Niffenegger (Vintage, 2010 – book written in 2009): 485 p., about 8€. Here is a ghost story set in a haunted house next to Highgate Cementery in London. But it is a modern ghost story. The title is a modified line from one of the most beautiful poems/etchings ever! “The Tyger,” by William Blake.

For years, I’ve been thinking of doing a little webita on TP for Blake and this poem, but I never seem to find the time! Shucks! 😀 Anyway, it’s a beautiful poem, and you should learn it by heart (by ear). I’ll record it, possibly, tomorrow! (I don’t like the audio versions I find online). I shouldn’t keep wanting to do this and never doing it!!

Tyger, tyger, burning bright
in the forests of the night

OK, now — once I found this amazing version of Tyger. Make sure you watch it. We could comment it in class!


About Her Fearful Symmetry (Oh! How I LOVE this title!!)

I just remembered I wrote a VERY LONG piece on my facebook profile for teachers and students. I should publish it on Talking People – Literature, so here’s the link so I won’t forget! (You can befriend me, if you like, but I have to say I don’t use it much.)

Here’s the beginning of my review of this book:

This 485-page novel is about a few individuals, and their bonding to other people — about feelings of love and loss, about feelings of being trapped, about how complex we are when we feel and act, and how we make choices all the time.

These people live in a three-floor house close to Highgate Cementery in London, and the house is haunted by the ghost of the woman who lived on the second floor, who leaves her apartment to her two US American mirror twin nieces.

Puedo seguir escribiendo como una poseídaaaaaa, Albertoooo (demented laughter)

But I’ll stop here. I’m kinda hungry!


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