A Little Girl Lost Essay Research Paper

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A Little Girl Lost Essay, Research Paper June 10, 1998Critical Prose Paper A Little GIRL Lost Children of the future Age, Reading this indignant page; Know that in a former time, Love! Sweet Love! Was thought a crime. In the Age of Gold, Tired with kisses sweet Free from winters cold: They agree to meet, Youth and maiden bright, When the silent sleep To the holy light, Waves o er heavens deep; Naked in the sunny beams And the weary tired wanderers delight. Weep. Once a youthful pair To her father white Fill d with softest care: Came the maiden bright: Met in garden bright, But his loving look, Where the holy light, Like the holy book, Had just removd the curtains All her tender limbs with terror of the night. Shook. There in rising day, Ona! Pale and weak! On the grass they

play: To thy father speak: Parents were afar: O the trembling fear! Strangers came not near: O the dismal care! And the maiden soon forgot That shakes the blossoms of my her fear. Hoary hair William Blake s first poetry book of lyrical poems was the Songs of Innocence, which was the product of a mind in a state of innocence and of an imagination unspoiled by stains of worldliness. Public events and private emotions converted Innocence into Experience, producing Blake s preoccupation with the problem of Good and Evil and ultimately producing the sequel to his Songs of Innocence, which is the Songs of Experience. In the first book, he was the Shepherd in a state of Innocence still in charge of his sheep. In the second he is stepping with his right foot forward to leave his flock

behind and advance into the state of Experience. The main theme throughout Songs of Experience are experiences that one goes through especially during their youth revolving mainly around different love experiences, whether it be a family love or a boy/girl love. The poem, A Little Girl Lost from Songs of Experience is the story of a naturalistic love between the sexes told as a tragedy. Blake addresses this poem to an idealistic future age . Apparently, Blake felt animosity towards how people viewed love during his own time directing this in the line, know that in a former time . He immediately sets the reader up for a tragedy in the italicized introductory stanza, with Love! sweet Love! was thought a crime . Ironically what Blake tries to convey in this poem still exists today,

where love is still seen as a crime, particularly from parents towards young love.The next six stanzas illustrates this love tragedy through a structured tale. The first stanza introduces the setting of the poem. It starts with In the Age of Gold because he was addressing the poem to the future Age therefore he is beginning the poem in a storytelling style. It is evident that it is summer through the next four lines of the first stanza: free from winter cold , bright , light , and sunny beams delight . The second stanza presents the main characters. The couple introduced as the youthful pair meet each other in the garden exposed to the bright morning light . The phrase had just removd the curtains of the night reveals that it is morning. The third stanza conveys the so-called

love that is gradually growing between the two youth throughout the rising day . As they play , they soon forget all their worries and all that surrounds them, strangers and even their parents . The maiden , referring to the lost girl, was so caught up in her infatuation that she forgot her fear , which is her father. The first three stanzas is mainly an introduction of the setting, the characters and the characters relationship that progresses to reach the climax and ultimately the tragedy. The tragedy begins in the fourth stanza where deception takes place. The two youths become weary, tired with kisses sweet , as their day spent together comes to a close. Realizing that it is almost evening and they soon must part, they agree to meet, when the silent sleep . The last three