Posted on 2009-02-19 by a guest. The poet revisited the Garden of Love, open green piece of land where he used to play with boys and girls together. First, note that entry has been barred. The implication is that organized religion is intentionally forbidding people from enjoying their natural desires and pleasures. Blake is here making use of an anapaest, but it still sounds harmonious. The meter is changed to an amphibrach again. It is one of John Donne's late pieces of work and is thought to be written about his patron and his feelings for her.
The speaker attempts to enter the Chapel, but the rules and restrictions of the Christian Church deter him from doing so. The Garden portrays an aura of total unease and misery. The warning is emblematic of the classic dictum of the Old Testament God-Jehovah who is seen as a prohibitive and a vindictive tyrant. He was dismayed to see there what he had never seen earlier. The hum of multitudes was there, but multitudes of lambs, Thousands of little boys and girls raising their innocent hands. For this reason, they taught him to read and write at home rather than in a conventional school.
Both poems involve descriptions of a beloved lady seen through the eyes of the speaker, but the speaker in Campion's poem discusses the woman's beautiful perfections, while the speaker in Shakespeare's poem shows… 1531 Words 7 Pages William Blake and The Garden of Love At first glance, the poetry of William Blake may appear simplistic; he writes most often in regular metrical rhythm, apparently sticking to the rules, blunt observations on such mundane subjects as tigers, lambs and roses. The garden of love is, I think, an allegory for his childhood romances. The poem ends with a moral: have pity on those less fortunate than yourself, as they include angelic boys and girls like those described here. In our analysis, we feel this conveys William Blakes deep antipathy toward organized religion. The Garden of Love is the chapel, with maybe a few stones. The Garden of Love Analysis: Summary We find The Garden of Love by William Blake to be a wonderful poem.
He still tries to seek for something that could be left from his youth but instead he? It tells of a chapel that has been erected where the narrator once used to play. As such, his poem 'The Garden of Love' illustrates his belief that direct access to God is more important than any Church with its establishment and practices that tend to drive away the direct experience with God that he espouses. In the first line it is still the anapaest of the previous stanza and then there is a turn. In the title page of the Songs of Experience, a young man and a young woman are weeping by the deathbed of their aged parents. Maybe this was a critique of all established churches as being part of the demiurge's material prison in which humanity is blinkered and unable to see beyond the misery of day to day existance to true wisdom sophia. Our world is craving for love, and still our leaders manage to destroy the wonderful garden of love that this world should be.
He sees religion as an arm of modern society in general, with its demand that human beings reject their created selves to conform to a more mechanistic and materialistic world. I think the main theme Blake is trying to express in the ' garden of love' is that when he was an innocent child everything appeared perfect in the first stanza he used to play on the green and was allowed freedom. He was fascinated by the bible, but against any organized religion. The green is the play space of the children where they are free to express themselves without the repression of the Church, to some degree. This is a dour sound and conveys the beginnings of distress.
The present day scene looks quite dismal where even such a simple resort as the garden is unable to escape the evils of industrialization and subsequent phenomenon of private ownership. The 'gates of this chapel were shut, and thou shalt not, writ oe'r the door', Blake is emphasising the control the church has over the people, it dictates what the people can and can't do. The Chapel appears in the garden as something evil. In this context it sounds rather insignificant, but in relation with the following lines it is clear that here we can find a first contradiction to the idyllic garden scene. At the age of ten he wanted to be an artist, yet he began writing poetry two years later. All three stanzas are divided up in 4 lines each.
The poem consists of a series of questions that are never fully answered, circling round us in just the same way as a tiger stalks its prey. Instead of welcoming him in, the chapel has 'Thou shalt not' of the Ten Commandments written over the door. Other images are used to represent individual and Church, positive and negative. The specific element that will be focused on in this paper is water, stone, architectural elements of paths, stone lanterns, pagodas and bridges. The poem, The Garden of Love by William Blake, is the antithesis to The Echoing Green of Innocence, as it uses the same setting and rhythm to stress the ugly contrast. In everyone he passes, he sees signs of misery and moral weakness.
The disappointment of the poet is a dominant tone in this piece of literature. The Ecchoing Green Analysis First Stanza The sun does arise, And make happy the skies. I think Blake's target might have been broader one than just the Church of England. The next verse goes into more detail as it describes the doors of the chapel. The Garden of Love Analysis I went to the Garden of Love, And saw what I never had seen: A Chapel was built in the midst, Where I used to play on the green.
It is a provocation and thus still reflecting a part of reality in the 18th century. A contemporary reference linked with the poem is that of the Marriage Act of 1753, passed by Lord Hardwicke. Posted on 2010-02-26 by a guest. I believe that blake has a dislike for rediculus oppression. The gates of the chapel being shut symbolizes the fact that the church was separated from common society and tried to exclude the individual from building a relationship with God and gaining a personal understanding of God. Note also that green in the first stanza has been replaced by black.
The boys were forced up narrow, winding chimneys to clean them of soot. And because I am happy and dance and sing, They think they have done me no injury, And are gone to praise God and his Priest and King, Who make up a heaven of our misery. The poem is also written with traditional stanzas and lines, like three stanzas and four lines in each stanza. Posted on 2009-10-30 by a guest. The first stanza is describing a peaceful and idyllic scene. The church was now in the center of it:? Songs of Innocence and Experience was published in 1794, The Great War was 1914-1918. At present, the garden seems to be filled with graves and tombstones which are images of death, and so horrendous and undesirable.