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The Clod & The Pebble Analysis

Author: Poetry of William Blake Type: Poetry Views: 1665

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Songs of Experience1789Love seeketh not Itself to please.

Nor for itself hath any care;

But for another gives its ease.

And builds a Heaven in Hells despair.So sung a little Clod of Clay,Trodden with the cattle's feet;But a Pebble of the brook.Warbled out these metres meet.Love seeketh only Self to please,

To bind another to Its delight;

Joys in anothers loss of ease.

And builds a Hell in Heavens despite.


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Love does not seek to please itself.
It is selfless.It does not care for itself.
But sacrifices itself for others.
I creates heaven in the midst of misery.
Thus sang a little clod of clay,
who was trodden by the cattle\'s feet.
However a pebble of the stream
sang out these suitable words.
Love seeks to please itself only.
It is selfish. It is happy
at another\'s loss and
is miserable in the midst of happiness.

| Posted on 2011-11-28 | by a guest

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the first stanz and the third one,both of them are real in the poet\'s life ,and every single life.the first stanza is light image and the third one is darke image
salam hama abdullah

| Posted on 2011-05-15 | by a guest

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when we think about an abstract thing, we can give a lot of speech about it. In this poem of william blake love is the abstract thing, my view about it is both, the first stanza and the third one can be simply definitions of love and both of them are true.love contains both stanzas. Love gives you pleasure and also it hurts.
daner star

| Posted on 2011-05-15 | by a guest

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ALL the other "analyses" are ridiculous. A clod of clay is the contemplative life, unconcerned for what is around it, as in Matthew Arnold's poem, "Self-Dependence." The pebble is always on the move, the active person too busy to notice "And on the barren heath sing the honey bees," as Blake puts it in "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell." In short, a full calendar doth not equal a full life; it's usually the sign of an empty one. "Teach us to care and not to care," as T.S. Eliot put it ("The Hollow Men"). "Teach us to SIT STILL."

| Posted on 2010-06-08 | by a guest

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Agreed about the good-guy, bad-guy perception.
To me, the clod which is trod upon, (neither male nor female) is perhaps unlucky in circumstance or love, but for that reason is holding onto the most idealistic view of love.
The fortunate pebble, with its comfortable existence, either mocks or simply cannot fathom a deep-feeling love...

| Posted on 2010-04-15 | by a guest

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Upon reading this poem, I saw not male and female quality in the Clod and Pebble, but rather a sort of 'time weathered' view on things
A clod of dirt is easily malleable, they form and are destroyed quickly. This symbolizes youth and the optimism of youth.
On the other hand, the pebble symbolizes the older, weather beaten, time tested person (so to speak). An older, more pessimistic person.

| Posted on 2010-03-31 | by a guest

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The clod of clay, being malleable, represents the changeable and thus the ability to learn fundamental lessons. The pebble is resistant to change and so does not learn. What they each preach is self explanatory; it is the representation of the forms expressing the opposite view points that holds the key to understanding the simplicity and yet totally suitable and achieving mode, of William Blake's poem.

| Posted on 2008-10-26 | by a guest

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I was always surprised by this poem as I thought it conflicts with Blake's christian values. It looks more
like what Nietzsche would say.
Still I think Blake freely expresses his intuition. The clod of clay is not the hero of this poem, it is hypocritical and does not understand the true nature of love. Love is exclusive and seeks to bind another to its delight. This is not cynical, it is just the truth.

| Posted on 2008-08-07 | by a guest

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Blake suggests that society in general have wrong perceptions of love. He personifies a clod and pebble to represent the voices of society and their equally wrong views of love. He uses the metaphor of the clod being a woman to explore their role of love. The clod of clay being malleable object symbolises their flexible and completely selfless nature so create harmony with the male. The pebble symbolising males resilience, hard and cold nature. Blake uses a chiasmus: The clods "Itself to please" and "Heaven in Hell's despair" implying women optomistic outlook on love; and the pebbles "Self to please" and "Hell in Heaven's despite" implying men's pessimistic outlook on love. Blake suggests that these ideas are both wrong when in the second stanza, both the clod and pebble are compared. This structure accentuates that men and womans perceptions of love are both wrong and that they should comply to experiance true love.

| Posted on 2008-03-14 | by a guest

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the clod and the pebble, gives us a greater picture of human nature. how at times human nature is all lvong and caring like the clod of clay, which has the ability to mould like the shape that is given to it, the clod of clay under the cattle feet says that love is not selfish it is all about giving and not caring about what we receive.

the pebble is on the other hand a piece o irritating stone which when comes under someones feet causes pain, so it says about love that love is only about ones own self, it gets joy when someone is in pain and loss.

| Posted on 2007-02-01 | by a guest

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The clos can be seen to represent a woman; soft maliable and all giving (much like the idea of the god of classical theism). The pebble on the other hand represents something that is hard and cannot mould with the earth, a man perhaps?

Whilst the pebble refuses to be down trodden, the clod seems unawear and thus is willing to me trodden back into hte Earth.

On my first reading of this poem i interpreted the clod' idea of love as the 'good innocnet christian view' and the pebble's as a more cynical view.Hwever (personaly i believe niether are right and love embodies a mixture of both) Blake spoetry is rarely so easily read and often what at first appears to be the more morbid presentation often seems to be te corect one.

| Posted on 2006-03-27 | by Approved Guest

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After looking at the poem for the first time, I didn't undestand it, but on a closer look, it became apparent. The clod is the 'good guy' whereas the pebble is the 'bad guy'. When you go through and anylise each individual line, the meaning is clear.

The clod is part of the earth and therfore is part of nature and god. Which makes sense because the clod is saying that 'love' isn't selfish. However, the pebble in not intergraded into the earth, therfore is not part of nature and god and can be reffered to as the devil. It makes perfect sense because the pebble is saying that 'love' is selfish and bind's other's just to please itself.
So in that analysis is the reference to god and maybe why the pebble is saying the opposite of what the clod says.
P.S Your website needs more info on the history of romantic poets and William Blake.

| Posted on 2005-05-07 | by Approved Guest

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