William Blake As A Poet


William Blake is one of those famous English poets, who ranks with the old great masters. William Wordsworth, one of the greatest poets of the Romantic Revival, very aptly remarks that the madness of Blake interests us more than than the sanity of other people. His lyric “The Lamb” is one of my favorites, especially the opening lines:

Little Lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?
Gave thee life, and bid thee feed,
By the stream and o'er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing, woolly, bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all

the vales rejoice?
Little Lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?

This poem is in the form of questions and answers. The poet asks the lamb the name of its creator. Do you know who created you? The whole poem is mystical. Does the lamb know who gave it such a beautiful and tender voice? In the next stanzas, the poet himself answers this question. The poet further says that he, the little child and the lamb are one.

His famous books are Poetical Sketches, Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, America, Europe, Milton, Jerusalem. Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience have been universally recognized as his best books. In the following lines, I have tried to understand

Blake’s poetic personality:

The visionary poet Blake
A phenomenon, the triumph of poetry
Your poems are a zen riddle
They matter very much to us
The generation of Eliot and Stevens
Poets and would-be poets
Enchanted by your unforgettable poems
You discover divine spark
Even in the ferocious tiger
Supreme poetic genius
Adding poem to poem
Here are your wise words:
‘The Hermit’s prayer, the widow’s tear
Alone can free the world from fear’.

Great poets don’t die of death
Their art is immortal
Death unable to lay
Its icy hand on Songs of Innocence
Songs of Experience
And Jerusalem

You see
Gods and angels on the tree-tops
Your mystic symbols
Find truth in the occult and unseen
A genius with pencil and brush and pen

We ask and ask-
‘On what wings dare you aspire’?
The truth is-
No critic can ‘dare seize the fire’:
Blakes’s vision



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peter09 is a blogger at Expertscolumn.com

Last updated on 25-07-2016 78 0

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