In this way, the poem shows us a situation where an innocent is unable to overcome the darkness of a more 'experienced' world. For instance, in 'The Little Girl Lost' and 'The Little Girl Found,' a lost girl named Lyca is 'saved' by a spirit that takes the form of a lion. The poem 'zooms out,' showing us the situation from a different angle. A little boy is an innocent being! She was not afraid for herself, and thus demonstrated Beatitude: in mourning, she was comforted. Analyzing 'The Little Boy Lost' As is often the case with Blake's work, 'The Little Boy Lost' is deceptively simple. The dim light vapour on the marshes gets blown off. Are such thing done on Albion's shore? The father's innocence, however, is questionable, since we can't tell whether he's left his child behind on purpose or by accident.
Certainly, there is an interesting difference here. Annotations: 1 wet with dew: drenched in the moisture 2 mire: mud 3 vapour: dim light Setting of the Poem The poem lacks much background description but the poet has managed to create a mist of suspense. The child unwillingly gets covered in the mud the grin worldly pleasures And yes, there comes the superb last line, And away the vapour flew The child finally forbade the path of God and righteousness. The little boy of these two poems represents the human soul or spirit, seeking God the Father in a sin-wracked world that seeks to obliterate the signs of His presence. Similarly, the restoration of the child to his mother appears highly positive. O do not walk so fast.
An amazing write, but then, William Blake was quite an amazing Soul! As you can see, the little boy's innocence actually pays off. The speaker is an African child who has to come to terms with his own blackness. Night comes and the little boy is lost walking in soggy ground,covered in mud, and weeping as the vapour flies away from him. The child, cold and wet, weeps alone in the mud. The little boy is lost, and if this is to be true, the question is where is he lost? He may also be seeking to balance the male and female aspects of creation: the male, in this case God the Father, leads the soul to its destination, while the female passively awaits the soul to offer it bliss.
The mother is perhaps the key. And what God is doing for the boy here is nothing short of a miracle — that must mean this boy has some closeness to God that everyone does not necessarily have. The poem itself implies that these might amount to the same thing. The Little Black Boy by William Blake Poetry Foundation agenda angle-down angle-left angleRight arrow-down arrowRight bars calendar caret-down cart children highlight learningResources list mapMarker openBook p1 pin poetry-magazine print quoteLeft quoteRight slideshow tagAudio tagVideo teens trash-o. The first poem's near rhyme adds to the tone of discomfort and fear the boy feels toward his too-quick father.
Here the child cannot rescue itself, but God comes to it in the form of its father, comforts it, and leads it back to its mother. Certainly the literal father was also looking for the child, but God as father could not lead the child back to his earthly father without scaring him. But these poems are from his Songs of Innocence, which, to some extent, portray his ideals, his deepest spiritual convictions. Essick, and Joseph Viscomi eds. I love you like the little bird That picks up crumbs around the door. His mortal father has walked too fast and does not speak to him. The spirit of the Enlightenment is in this poem.
A child is left behind by his father. The relationship is split and then reunited. Juxtaposition occurs when the reader considers two characters, objects, or pieces of literature side by side, looking for similarities and differences. He is frightened and alone. The second little boy — the one that mouths off to the Priest — is more representative of something general. He kissed the child, and by the hand led, And to his mother brought, Who in sorrow pale, through the lonely dale, The little boy weeping sought. So then, why did Blake write six poems about children getting lost and being found? She persuades him, according to conventional Christian doctrine, that earthly life is but a preparation for the rewards of heaven.
He relates how his loving mother taught him about God who lives in the East, who gives light and life to all creation and comfort and joy to men. God appears and leads him back to his mother, who has been searching for him. It is only through the intervention of God Himself in the second poem that the child returns to a state of safety, possibly intended to suggest the salvation of the regenerate soul, in the arms of a maternal figure. But, then, in the first poem, why did the child get lost? Context: Songs of Innocence and of Experience Before we jump into analyzing 'The Little Boy Lost,' let's familiarize ourselves with the poem's context what exists 'around' the poem. Speak, father, speak to your little boy, Or else I shall be lost. In The Little Boy Found, this is seen as escapist, a desire to evade awareness of vulnerability and potential loss. Then, the black boy says, he will be like the English boy, and the English boy will love him.
This becomes evident on reading, The Little Boy Found. And we are put on earth a little space, That we may learn to bear the beams of love, And these black bodies and this sun-burnt face Is but a cloud, and like a shady grove. Father, actually turns out to be an illusion, and the readers must understand this! In modern times, however, much deeper understanding of the poem has developed. In looking for the boy, she became pale with tears. He kissed the child, and by the hand led, And to his mother brought, Who in sorrow pale, thro' the lonely dale, Her little boy weeping sought. Where is the real human father? There is no simply happy ending for her, at least not in the time frame of the poem itself. .
Or else I shall be lost. And standing on the altar high, 'Lo, what a fiend is here! Like its companion piece this poem is aware of the potential inadequacy of parent —figures. He begins to cry but appears to him, as a father figure. The boys reasoning quite astute, I think, but to be met with such barbarity for falling outside the norm. He kisses the child and restores him to his mother who has been searching for him in tears. The father represents earthly pleasures that we might end up following.