And mutual fear brings peace, Till the selfish loves increase: Then Cruelty knits a snare, And spreads his baits with care. In such a world virtue cannot exist except as a rationally conceived opposite to vice. A muddy river runs along the lower edge of the design in front of the man. Also included is the monarchical state, underpinned by Church authority. This poem is stating the flaws in the human character, and shows how mankind in naturally evil and corrupt. Then Cruelty knits a snare, And spreads his baits with care.
And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. Blake creates a world of brotherhood, acceptance and the sense of community spirit among mankind in the third stanza. These tears water the ground, allowing the tree of humility to develop. Due to Spam Posts are moderated before posted. Blake uses the symbol of the Tree of Mystery in the last four stanzas.
By the end of the poem we realize that the above description has been a glimpse into the human mind, the mental experience. Through out this entire poem, it talks about opposites. So basically he believed in the divinity of human nature. As an individual, we may feel daunted by the thought of moving into a new stage of life. The raven a bird linked with death finds its nesting place in it. The point of view in which Blake employs to London is significant to the understanding of the poem. If we were kind to everyone and if we treated them equally, then there would be no need for these things.
Soon spreads the dismal shade Of Mystery over his head; And the caterpillar and fly Feed on the Mystery. The image of the Raven, with his nest in the thickest shade of the tree, seems to represent darkness and evil in waiting. Experience, to me, means one that has been through something. That they do exist in the world of innocence as well as in that of experience. Posted on 2005-07-20 by Approved Guest Post your Analysis Message This may only be an analysis of the writing. And mutual fear brings peace, Till the selfish loves increase; Then Cruelty knits a snare, And spreads his baits with care. According to Blake, there needs to be opposition in all things.
The personified figures of Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love are listed as four virtues of delight. He sits down with holy fears, And waters the ground with tears; Then Humility takes its root Underneath his foot. It is planted and watered with cruelty. War's a joke for me and you, Wile we know such dreams are true. The Gods of the earth and sea Sought thro Nature to find this tree; But their search was all in vain: There grows one in the Human brain. Sponsor 122 Free Video Tutorials Please I make on youtube such as. When people pray, regardless of who you are, where you are, or to whichever god people pray to, what matters is that they worship.
Showing two contrary states of the human soul. Then Cruelty knits a snare, And spreads his baits with care. Posted on 2008-07-24 by a guest. The structure of the first stanza helps us understand the relationships between the four aspects of human nature presented, cruelty, jealousy, terror and secrecy. And mutual fear brings peace, Till the selfish loves increase; Then Cruelty knits a snare, And spreads his baits with care.
Mankind cannot resist the urge to lie and cheat to get where they what in life, no matter how many people are harmed mentally or physically in the process. The Tree spread over him its cold shadows Albion groan'd , They bent down, they felt the earth, and again enrooting Shot into many a Tree, an endless labyrinth of woe. By speaking and thinking in abstract concepts, Blake illustrates how people are able to deceive themselves concerning the true motives for their conduct. This poem asserts that the traditional virtues of mercy and pity presuppose a world of poverty and human suffering. Yes it could be so, and the Caterpillar and the Fly represent the devout Christians and religious figures that feed off of the questionability of their practices. The Gods of the earth and sea, Sought thro' Nature to find this Tree But their search was all in vain: There grows one in the Human Brain.
And it bears the fruit of Deceit, Ruddy and sweet to eat; And the Raven his nest has made In its thickest shade. These are systems of thought which have led to the construction of oppressive social structures. This adds to the image of a regal, hierarchical and controlling God. The Gods of the earth and sea Sought thro' Nature to find this Tree; But their search was all in vain: There grows one in the Human Brain. We laughed at him, we leagued with him, old chum. We chorussed when he sang aloft, We whistled while he shaved us with his scythe. This copy is in the.
And there were also with him other little ships. Rather, the tree is associated with Deceit, and its branches harbor the raven, the symbol of death. Soon spreads the dismal shade Of Mystery over his head; And the Caterpillar and Fly Feed on the Mystery. He also made the divine image explanation seem as though it is simpler than most people make it seem. The result is a grotesque semblance of the organic, a tree that grows nowhere in nature but lies sequestered secretly in the human brain. We laughed, -knowing that better men would come, And greater wars: when each proud fighter brags He wars on Death, for lives; not men, for flags.
In the first stanza, the speaker proves that the virtues would not be possible without the distress of others. All of these things are opposites that we create in order to try to understand them. Blake Songs of Innocence and of Experience , with an Introduction and Commentary. Since when has anyone ever had care while being cruel? This section of the poem describes the process of accepting God, asking for forgiveness, and accepting humility. And it bears the fruit of Deceit.