In 1800, Blake moved to Felpham and under the while working there he taught himself Greek, Latin, Hebrew, and Italian. As he turns back to his haven of secular joys, he encounters another surprise. Then when you are grown up and have experience and responsibilites we see the same location but without the rose tinted glasses on. The river is no longer flowing to give love because Love is absent from it, sleeping on its bank. Posted on 2009-10-01 by a guest. 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. Posted on 2006-01-27 by Approved Guest Post your Analysis Message This may only be an analysis of the writing.
Songs of Experience — from which this poem is drawn — points to the effects on the inherent innocence possessed by all, by the oppression of government and church, the Industrial Revolution, and lack of child labor regulations amongst the other evils of the coming modernism. Read in a Southern British accent. The church's in the 1800's were oppressive and the typical bible thumpers over-emphasized every rule or commandment. The lines of the third stanza depict he adverse changes that have enveloped the Garden of Love during the present time. And the gates of this Chapel were shut, And Thou shalt not.
There is no tendency towards aggressiveness and tension yet. The cherished poem on consciosness itself. In all religion, there is a tendency to elevate the spiritual at the expense of the physical, and in all religions there are sects which take this tendency to an extreme, viewing the promptings of the body as low, especially the sexual urge. The fourth line tells us that he used to play in the Garden. Posted on 2010-05-19 by a guest. Hope it helps, it's just what i got from it.
This would be a good one to start with. It was published as part of his collection,. And saw what I never had seen; A Chapel was built in the midst, Where I used to play on the green. Love can always find a way. I believe that blake has a dislike for rediculus oppression. Posted on 2009-12-29 by a guest. Am i missing anything else? The poet revisited the Garden of Love, open green piece of land where he used to play with boys and girls together.
The Garden of Love is the chapel, with maybe a few stones. Even the priests wrapped in black gowns forebode an ill-omen and an act of mourning and despair. The lyrical I is dismayed about the changes and because its wishes and desires will remain unfulfilled. Those voiced and voiceless stops are making the words sound not soft, but rather spitted out with energy. The garden of love is, I think, an allegory for his childhood romances. He found that in the green open place, a Chapel church had been erected in the middle of the place were boys and girls together used to play. The internal rhyme in each of the last two lines slow us down, emphasizing the oppression and again suggesting a cyclic, ongoing action.
But at the beginning of the second stanza there is a turn. Know what you are talking about before you act condescending. I have never quite understood all of it, but reading the preceding analysis' has opened my eyes somewhat. He was unorthodox in his views on theology, but at the same time heavily influenced by orthodox religion, as his art attests. It is an attack on the morality which puts restrictions on sexual love. Due to Spam Posts are moderated before posted. Those lines represent a clear critique addressed to the church and their practices regarding religious beliefs.
The time period Blake published this poem was 1794, as mentioned. And I saw it was filled with graves, And tombstones where flowers should be; And priests in black gowns were walking their rounds, And binding with briars my joys and desires. Posted on 2009-03-11 by a guest. In many ways he predicted the wage-slave situation most of us find ourselves in today. The third stanza begins in the same way, but the last two lines of this stanza make a sharp break with the form of the preceding stanzas. Or rather the way the Church of England was interpreting the Bible and how they wanted the Bible to be read and comprehended by common people.
His visions and visionary poems always proceeded from his faith, from very early childhood on. In The Garden of Love, there is a strong condemnation of the Church in its approach to sexual matters, and it is difficult not to agree with the attack made by the poet. The gates of the chapel are shut, and commandments and prohibitions are written over the door. So man is depressed because all his joy is labelled as sin. The lines are getting more and more emotional, energetic and aggressive throughout the poem. In the third stanza the lyrical I is describing the garden. And I saw it was filled with graves, And tombstones where flowers should be; And priests in black gowns were walking their rounds, And binding with briars my joys and desires.
It like life is about change, something that interrupts our every day routine, something that taps us on the shoulder and reminds us of our morality. Experience stands in total contrast to the state of Innocence. No word in our language lends itself to so much meaning, yet is so elusive to definition. Already, the reader can see that the church is restricting Blake. The flowers must be the loves that never were. Posted on 2010-05-02 by a guest. So no place to hide, Forget Hide and Seek.
One might infer from a first reading of this poem that Blake was anti-religion. This stanza is quiet and gives no hint on negative feelings or thoughts due to the change. The Garden portrays an aura of total unease and misery. The first stanza starts with a regular, harmonious amphibrach. After he taught her to read and write, she aided him in printing his illuminated poetry. Rather, the speaker longs for the days when religion was a joyous experience and laments the fact that the Church effectively limits the joys one can experience in life. The lyrical I does clearly detest the changes in the Garden of Love.