Daily Prompt: Fearful Symmetry
Pick a letter, any letter. Now, write a story, poem, or post in which every line starts with that letter. Photographers, artists, poets: show us SYMMETRY.
Hello dear friends
I read the words: FEARFUL SYMMETRY and then as one who has to know the meaning of everything, I asked “and what exactly does that mean?” So I put my mind to finding out … but more on this later.
Indeed, for those of you who like a lot more to a blog post than just a poem, I have included the information that I found. It tells you a lot more about ‘Fearful Symmetry”. Where did I get it you might ask? Where else but wikipedia.org/wiki/Fearful_Symmetry! . I found out:
“Fearful Symmetry is a phrase from William Blake’s poem “The Tyger” (Tyger, tyger, burning bright / In the forests of the night, / What immortal hand or eye / Could frame thy fearful symmetry?)
But really, this is the best explanation of “Fearful Symmetry” I could find:
“Blake’s Tyger has fearful symmetry because a tiger is both fear-inspiring and symmetrical. Its stripes create a sense or order, but its power and wildness suggest unpredictable violence. God has created a paradox in the tiger.”
It’s a paradox folks … that’s what it is! Now for my funny little poem where every line begins with ‘F’. Enjoy!
Fear and Symmetry?
Faithfully I have followed
‘Fearful Symmetry’ on the Daily Prompt
Feeling overwhelmed at first but …
Finding ‘symmetry’ in the dictionary
Fills me with knowledge
Fully satisfies my need ‘to know’
‘Fearful’ Symmetry adds another dimension
Flings the word SYMMETRY into another sphere
‘Fearful’ denotes being afraid
From the word ‘Symmetry’ I find “balance and harmony”
Finally … what am I to do?
Fearful or not fearful?
Full of fun … at last I realise
‘Fearful Symmetry’ is just a lark
Full of nonsense
Fastidious now, I make my choices
Finish my funny little poem
Fling it into cyberspace
Feeling proud and happy
Finally … it’s done!
MORE ABOUT FEARFUL SYMMETRY
And finally, here is some of the information from Wikipedia which will surprise you: wikipedia.org/wiki
Fearful Symmetry is a phrase from William Blake‘s poem “The Tyger” (Tyger, tyger, burning bright / In the forests of the night, / What immortal hand or eye / Could frame thy fearful symmetry?). It has been used as the name of a number of other works:
In film and television:
- “Fearful Symmetry” (The X-Files), an episode of the television series The X-Files
- “Fearful Symmetry”, an episode of the animated television series Justice League Unlimited
- Fearful Symmetry, a 1998 documentary on the making of To Kill a Mockingbird
- Quoted in the episode “Fugitives on the Run” from Surface (2006)
- Continually referenced in 2010 TV show Outcasts
- “Fearful Symmetry”, an episode of the ITV television series Lewis (2012)
- Quoted in the episode “Tyger, Tyger” from Batman: The Animated Series
- Quoted in the episode “Nice Town You Picked, Norma” from Bates Motel (2013)
- Fearful Symmetry (album), a 1986 album by Daniel Amos
- Fearful Symmetry (band), a band headed by Jimmy P. Brown II of Deliverance
- “Fearful Symmetries”, a composition by John Adams
- “Fearful Symmetry”, a 1990 album by Box of Chocolates, a group that included Will Oldham
- Fearful Symmetry, a book by mathematician Ian Stewart
- Fearful Symmetry (Frye), a work of Blake scholarship by Northrop Frye
- Fearful Symmetry, a popular science book by physicist Anthony Zee
- Fearful Symmetry, a 2008 novel in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine relaunch series
- Fearful Symmetry, the fifth issue of the comic book Watchmen by Alan Moore
- Fearful Symmetry, an alternate title for the Spider-Man graphic novel “Kraven’s Last Hunt“
- Fearful Symmetry, a short story by Sherman Alexie, included in his book War Dances
- Fearful Symmetries (novel), a novel by S. Andrew Swann
- Her Fearful Symmetry, a novel by Audrey Niffenegger
- FearfulSymmetry.net, the website of novelist Dan Wells
- “Fearful Symmetry”, a difficult ice climb in the Canadian Rockies
You see dear friends, Fearful Symmetry is everywhere and I never knew it … until now!