The poet immortalizes the hands of the creator of the tiger and expresses gratitude to the power, and then proceeds to question whether the tiger was created in heaven or hell. Blake further states, “What the hammer? What is the chain? In what furnace was thy brain? What is the anvil? What dread grasp?” However, in the last two stanzas, he questions whether the same hands that created the tiger were the same ones that created the tiger and ended with an appreciation for the creator of the tiger who dared to bring such a fearful creature to life.
My interpretation is that the tiger is a symbol of the force in the human soul created in the fire of imagination of a being with supreme spirituality and ideals. This is to mean that the fire in a person’s soul is synonymous with that of his creator and as so, man has the revolutionary ability to fight against evils of experiences and free his mind, heart, and soul from social falsities.