The Little Boy Found The little boy lost in the lonely fen, Led by the wandering light, Began to cry, but God, ever nigh, Appeared like his father, in white. Blake did not believe that God was some great giant or superhuman old man up in the sky. God appears and leads him back to his mother, who has been searching for him. The poem actually is written in two levels of understanding. Body and soul, black and white, and earth and heaven are all aligned in a rhetorical gesture that basically confirms the stance of Christian resignation: the theology of the poem is one that counsels forbearance in the present and promises a recompense for suffering in the hereafter. What might this say about the future freedom of the child? His mortal father has walked too fast and does not speak to him. GradeSaver, 31 May 2011 Web.
He kisses the child and restores him to his mother who has been searching for him in tears. The speaker is an African child who has to come to terms with his own blackness. . Thus, he becomes wet with dew. When the innocent are unaware of this it demonstrates that innocence is vulnerable; lacking wisdom provides an incomplete vision of life. One wonders when a father would do such a thing: perhaps when a father is leaving the family? In this context, their dark skin is similarly but a temporary appearance, with no bearing on their eternal essence: skin, which is a factor only in this earthly life, becomes irrelevant from the perspective of heaven.
The line could also suggest that the light intended to lead the boy to God, in the same way that the light of a star is said to have led the wise men to Jesus. Here God is that which brings the child back to the mother, who is already searching for it: God is the glue, as it were, binding people together. And standing on the altar high, 'Lo, what a fiend is here! He leads the boy home to his mother, whom the boy greets with weeping. This is part of the consoling vision with which his mother has prepared him, which allows his suffering to become a source of pride rather than shame. Or else I shall be lost. This is a companion poem to The little boy lost.
Drawing and quartering - a ghastly execution style by which four horses are tied to the limbs and driven in four different directions - was still very popular method during Blake's lifetime. 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. 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. Isn't the base of most religions, especially Christianity, be good to one another? Because of God's help, the story ends happily. Father is considered as the guided angel, a guardian figure in Earth who is sympathetic to the needs of any children. The poems are entitled 'The Little Girl Lost,' 'The Little Girl Found,' 'A Little Boy Lost,' and 'A Little Girl Lost. Things really become twisted and turvy in the second stanza.
Companion Poems to 'The Little Boy Lost' Fortunately, the little boy's story doesn't end there. If you want to contact us regarding any particular content on the website, please use the contact page. My mother taught me underneath a tree And sitting down before the heat of day, She took me on her lap and kissed me, And pointing to the east began to say. Juxtaposition occurs when the reader considers two characters, objects, or pieces of literature side by side, looking for similarities and differences. By juxtaposing 'The Little Boy Lost' with its companion poems, we are able to form a richer, more complex understanding of the ideas contained in the poem.
This played a role in the simplicity of reading the poem. I love you like the little bird That picks up crumbs around the door. The form is a variation on the ballad stanza, and the slightly longer lines are well suited to the pedagogical tone of this poem. Here is the full text of 'The Little Boy Found,' which is also a mere eight lines long: 'The Little Boy Found' The little boy lost in the lonely fen, Led by the wand'ring light, Began to cry; but God, ever nigh, Appear'd like his father, in white. He is apparently a real figure, dressed in white - to some, the colour of purity.
Or when a father is dead? That it is the female figure who actually comforts the boy is telling. This poem looks at the way in which belief in God's fatherhood can be seen as a teaching used to maintain a sense of security in the face of the dangers of life. This becomes evident on reading, The Little Boy Found. By exploring the same story from a variety of perspectives, Blake encourages us to create juxtapositions between poems. The Priest sat by and heard the child; In trembling zeal he seized his hair, He led him by his little coat, And all admired the priestly care.
Nonetheless, the mother figure is more positively represented in these two poems. The tone of the second stanza, on the other hand, is much more detached than that of the first. An amazing write, but then, William Blake was quite an amazing Soul! The second little boy — the one that mouths off to the Priest — is more representative of something general. Yet parents have already been seen to be suspect. The boy has chased after something unreal, leaving behind the reality and solidity of human relationships the only really real things , and so he ends up lost, emotionally and spiritually. No one answers and the darkness rolls in, so the boy begins to weep. The spirit of the Enlightenment is in this poem.
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. Still, Blake intentionally placed this poem in Songs of Innocence, so we can assume he did this for a reason. The two poems have an archetypal simplicity: the human being lost, and then found and rescued by God. The little boy calls for his father who actually is not there. Then, the black boy says, he will be like the English boy, and the English boy will love him.
Natural love is real love which everyone should understand and practise in life to know the awesome nature of this holy mystery ever! That title is certainly a mouthful, but it gives us an important hint on how to approach the poems in this body of work. The boys reasoning quite astute, I think, but to be met with such barbarity for falling outside the norm. Light is a symbol of goodness, as it counters the 'evil' dark. And flowers and trees and beasts and men receive Comfort in morning joy in the noon day. But, then, in the first poem, why did the child get lost? Like its companion piece this poem is aware of the potential inadequacy of parent —figures. After both collections were published, they were combined into one large collection called Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul.