If you find any joy and value in what I do, please consider becoming a Sustaining Patron with a recurring monthly donation of your choosing, between a cup of tea and a good lunch. Stanza 5: After seeing the end of the happy fly the poet questions himself whether he will be happy when he lives or dies. Stanza 4: The poet clearly depicts the difference between a man and a fly i. Blake believed that his poetry could be read and understood by common people, but he was determined not to sacrifice his vision in order to become popular. The child wants to know who gave the Lamb his life, who fed him while living along the river on the other said of the meadow. What is the overall message of this poem? The human sees the fly as powerless, and then realizes that humans could be seen in the same manner by a higher order. Am not I A fly like thee? Theme of innocence and experience V.
Lastly, there are many forms of figurative language in The Fly. If thought is life And strength and breath, And the want Of thought is death; Then am I A happy fly, If I live Or if I die. The Lamb identifies with Christ to form a Trinity of child, Lamb and Redeemer. In the prose work The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 1790-93 , he satirized oppressive authority in church and state, as well as the works of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish philosopher whose ideas once attracted his interest. For the remainder of his life, Blake made a meager living as an engraver and illustrator for books and magazines. The author then tells the reader who made the little Lamb.
He is trying to teach society and humans in general to think about their actions before they act them out and also to realize the effect it may have on others. When the human speaking from the point of view of a human, the fly symbolizes those below the speaker in society. Normally the mood picks up and become happier by the end of the poem, but this is not the case for The Fly. Although it may have a serious tone it is something I believe everyone should read in order to gain a better understanding of the importance of life. Those lives seem to oppose each other and yet if one reads the poems carefully, one can see that they have. These rhyming schemes that are used throughout the poem help lighten the mood slightly, although it is still a very serious poem.
The poet says if he needs liberation his thoughts must die and that happens when a man dies. Blake is a mystic, VonderJohn. The Lamb identifies with Christ to form a Trinity of Child, Lamb and Redeemer Jesus. They envision a new and higher kind of innocence, the human spirit triumphant over reason. Since the message that he is trying to get across to the readers is very important it effects the tone of the overall poem.
He has has a degree in English literature from Delhi University, and Mass Communication from Bhartiya Vidhya Bhavan, Delhi. He is happy - a happy fly - if he lives or if he dies. He says that the creator has the same name, Lamb, and he is gentle and kind. All I can find on the web is this critique of the poem: The speaker, in this poem, speculates on whether he is or is not like the fly, carelessly swept away by the speaker's hand. If thought is life And strength and breath And the want Of thought is death; Then am I A happy fly, If I live, Or if I die.
The speaker realizes that human beings are powerless in the same way, and this passes him into the realm of experience. In this poem the poet pays a tribute to Lord Christ who was innocent and pure like a child and meek and mild like a lamb. Death is the main subject of the poem, meaning serious and unhappy words should be used. The poem conveys the spirit of childhood — the purity, the innocence, the tenderness of childhood and the affection that a child feels for little creatures. And everyman suffers because of his thoughts, confusions, displeasure, unsatisfaction, pride, ego everything arises when man thinks. He imagines another, greater hand, perhaps that of God, brushing him away some day and ending his private designs.
Little Fly, Thy summer's play My thoughtless hand Has brushed away. In what distant deeps or skies. Little Lamb who made thee Dost thou know who made thee The Lamb is a didactic poem. The lamb is a universal symbol of selfless innocence, Jesus the Lamb is the gentle imagination, the Divine Humanity. For I dance And drink and sing, Till some blind hand Shall brush my wing.
He published his most popular collection, Songs of Innocence, in 1789 and followed it, in 1794, with Songs of Experience. Or art not thou A man like me? The little child asks the lamb if he knows who has created it, who has blessed it with life and with the capacity to feed by the stream and over the meadow. If you find any joy and value in what I do, please consider becoming a Sustaining Patron with a recurring monthly donation of your choosing, between a cup of tea and a good lunch. There is no place given in the poem, but it is assumed to be set in the 18th century. I chose to analyze the short poem The Fly, from Songs of Experience.
In 1782, he married an illiterate woman named Catherine Boucher. He was also able to make me, along with other readers, to take a look at the way I live my life and maybe make some changes. The first of the five stanzas describes an innocent fly being thoughtlessly killed by a human being. Later, she helped him print the illuminated poetry for which he is remembered today; the couple had no children. When the stars threw down their spears And watered heaven with their tears: Did he smile His work to see? Still by giving answers to his own question, the child succeeds in converting it into a rhetorical one, as a result countering the initial spontaneous sense of the poem. Stanza 2: After murdering the fly, the poets heart repents and starts thinking in a different angle. Both books of Songs were printed in an illustrated format reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts.
Am not I A fly like thee? Soon my Angel came again; I was armed, he came in vain; For the time of youth was fled, And grey hairs. Here it is : The Fly Poem lyrics of The Fly by William Blake. Or art not thou A man like me? He feels the fly also had a life similar to him and he had ended its life. It takes me hundreds of hours a month to research and compose, and thousands of dollars to sustain. I dried my tears, and armed my fears With ten-thousand shields and spears.