William Blake's Tyger and The Mentalist!( Series two last episode).

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?

The serial killer 'Red John' insinuatingly whispered the first stanza of Blake's famous poem to the Mentalist, Simon James, as the latter was wrapped in cellophane by murderously inclined college pretenders to Red John's grotesque 'throne'. Much debate has followed since as to the possible significance of this poem/riddle, especially as the poem seemed to suggest a link to the whereabouts of the missing psychic love interest, Kristin, a possible new victim of Red John. Interestingly one of our last glimpses of the Mentalist shows him smiling 'as if ' his worries have somehow been alleviated after hearing this poem.

Surely the crux of the poem rests around the resonant phrase 'fearful symmetry'? Surely symmetry is more than 'sameness'...it is direct reflection and may lead to refraction. Perhaps it is not that Kristin's confidence about Red John's intentions originate from her arrogance, stupidity or even that 'she' herself is Red John? Rather her confidence about his intentions emanates from the fact that she is his TWIN! Hence she can be understanding, compassionately communicative and provocative? It would also tie in with the Blakean interest in 'fearful symmetry' - between the songs of Innocence and Experience. Each sequence reflects and refracts the other- even defines the other.
Just a thought!

The Mentalist

Janet, I think you wll find (possibly in the last episode) that the reference made to Tyger, Tyger relates more the author Blake than the content of the poem. Blake is also famous for his painting of Partridges and Partridge (for the more observant of us) is the name of the recurring character of the forensic scientist in series 1 & 2. We have established from earlier episode that Red Joh has access to the same Govenment network computers as the agents themselves. Steve. p.s. His name is Simon Baker or character name Patrick Jane.