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The Angel Analysis



Author: poem of William Blake Type: poem Views: 77

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I Dreamt a Dream! what can it mean?

And that I was a maiden Queen:

Guarded by an Angel mild;

Witless woe, was neer beguil'd!



And I wept both night and day

And he wip'd my tears away

And I wept both day and night

And hid from him my hearts delight



So he took his wings and fled:

Then the morn blush'd rosy red:

I dried my tears & armd my fears,

With ten thousand shields and spears.



Soon my Angel came again;

I was arm'd, he came in vain:

For the time of youth was fled

And grey hairs were on my head






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The poet dreamt that he was a maiden queen.Queen always cries and the angel wipes her tears away.The queen also cries when she is happyto evoke the angle's pity.The angel departs.The maiden matures and arms herself “With ten thousand shields and spears.” These weapons are a metaphor for her experience and growing cynicism. When the angel once again returns to offer her solace, he is rebuffed because it is too late. She has grown old and no longer seeks his pity as she did when in her youth.

| Posted on 2015-08-07 | by a guest


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Blake was showing the importance of nurturing children when they are young to protect their innocence. Because if their childish behavoiours are ignored and they are forced to grow up before their time they will become bitter and it will affect them in later life. Adults can never go back to their innocent state and so it should be preseved as long as possible.

| Posted on 2013-11-24 | by a guest


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He is not referring to the actual Queen, he is echoing a comedy written 100 years before the poem; called Secret Love, or in fact, The Maiden Queen (1667) written by John Dryden.

| Posted on 2013-07-25 | by a guest


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Actually, sunshine, you are in correct. Blake was not a religious man. Wot r u on abowt? He was not a fan of organised religion and challenged it, so don\'t get smart with me, moose.

| Posted on 2013-06-14 | by a guest


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(Criticism of the Church) Blake perhaps infers that the Church merely protects and looks after the prosperous (in this case the Queen) over the poorer tiers of society who are neer beguild.
I was a maiden Queen:
Guarded by an Angel mild;
Witless woe, was neer beguil\'d!.
(Effects of Industrialisation)- The poem could be interpreted as a child growing up and gaining experience. This line could therefore be interpreted as the hardships the child had to endure; be it working in a factory or as a chimney sweeper. The line is notably repeated too, further emphasising this suffering.
And I wept both night and day.
(Attack on institutionalised religion)- The poem could also be about the angel coming to take the virginity of her, although she does in fact refuse this. This could therefore be Blake suggesting the Church to be sexually repressive and a way of controlling the individual; especial with the iconic use of the angel.
maiden he took his wings and fled rosy red

| Posted on 2013-03-26 | by a guest


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The way i understand it; the narrator is seeing the metamorphosis from childlike innocence;
\"And I wept both night and day
And he wip\'d my tears away
And I wept both day and night\"
to experiencing life\'s realities, hence:
\"I dried my tears & armd my fears,
With ten thousand shields and spears\".

| Posted on 2012-06-15 | by a guest


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All of you. The Angel is a man if you look at the plaque that goes with the poem. Do you guys even own the book! \"I\" refers to Blake. He imagines himself to be a \"Maiden Queen.\" This maiden queen had been angel-guarded as a child (\'Guarded by an Angel mild\'). Second Staza; the maiden queen simulates grief (weeping) to attract attention, and when the maiden hides her love for the Angel, the Angel flies away (So he took his wings and fled). Third Stanza; her mood changes and she wants to show her love (I dried my tears & armed my fears) and she is ready to show her love for the angel (armed my fears with ten thousand shields and spears) - shields meaning protection from being hurt and spears meaning inflicting damage to those who try to hurt her. Fourth Stanza; when the Angel returns, she was ready to love the Angel but he \"came in vain\" (was not ready for her). The maiden queen is old with grey hair (grey hair relates to \'all knowing\' in the first Holy Thursday as opposed to white hair meaning innocence like The Lamb and others). Love came too late and the maiden was rejected because of looking old which hardened her. In the plaque the Cupid is pitying the Maiden Queen (hence him trying to pull her up) and the Maiden Queen is showing grief because the Angel is not loving her.
Also Notice the Weeping Willow Tree from above them, WEEPING WILLOW. There is also A Crown on the Maiden.
I am a freshman in highschool and I hope you understand how simple translating this is.

| Posted on 2012-01-30 | by a guest


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He\'s speaking in first person, but he is not the \"I.\" He\'s speaking through the eyes of a woman who rejected him when he was a younger man (and she was a younger woman). He, William Blake, himself is the angle. He treated her well, but she did not accept him as a suitor. After being there for her, yet being rejected, he eventually moved on. Later in life he sought her again, to see what had come of this beautiful \"maiden queen\" he once pursued. When he found her, she regretted having rejected him before, but the opportunity was past. She was no longer a young woman in bloom.

| Posted on 2012-01-24 | by a guest


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you are all mostly incorrect. Blake was a religioius man. \"angel\" is christ or religion. \"maiden\" refers to man\'s innocence. he loves God but does not show it. God leaves and when He returns, man is old and unforgiving. \'man\' is human kind finding christianity.

| Posted on 2011-08-01 | by a guest


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william blake wanted to say that he was happy when he was a child but troubles began to fall on as he grow up, so no one could help him in solving, thus, he abandened all his fellows and family in order to keep them away from his problems, because he knew that every one has to endure these expriences.

| Posted on 2011-05-28 | by a guest


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this poem explores the transition from innocence to experience yet we see that experience does not come with age as when \"grey hairs were on\" her head, she has missed out on the chance to be with the angel that she rejected. The poem also looks at sexual freedom as the angel comes to take her virginity but she refuses him and so she cannot gain experience. This is Blake attacking the church, as although deeply religious, he opposed institutionalised religion which sought to sexually repress the individual. The use of anaphora (repetition of and in second stanza) shows the build up of the relationship but also shows solitude as it shows a break in the flow of reading.

| Posted on 2011-05-24 | by a guest


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says he is dreaming,sees himself as a woman? being vulnerable?
is a Queen(parents are dead) and unwed(alone?)
his/her GUARD is seen as a angel to him.
says \"Witless woe was ne\'er beguiled!\" which translates to basically,stupidly sad and was never charming! cried night and day(why?) he was there to pick up the pieces? she hid from him that she wanted something else? he realized this so he left? and so on

| Posted on 2011-05-03 | by a guest


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The person who left the 2nd comment needs to learn how to speak english properly before \'dissing\' other people\'s ideas, \'she just done it\' is not the proper use of english.

| Posted on 2011-02-17 | by a guest


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Maybe william blake is referring to the cycle of life in which maiden queen would be referring to childhood in which children would weep and as a guarding angel he would be sent to protect him\\her and when the child grow to become a teen he\\she hides her\\his feeling from the angel. As the teen grows to become an adult he\\she doesn\'t need her\\his angel. so this causes the angel to leave. As the effect of the angel leaving causes the adult to become weak (shield) but at the same time filled with rage (spear). As time goes by he\\she finds him\\her old and the angel comes back to take her\\him to heaven or hell
Sorry that you might have gotten a different message but this is the message i got I\'m not good at poetry (yet)
im a freshman in honor english
edgar rosas

| Posted on 2011-02-16 | by a guest


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wow... the angel is his beloved brother Robert...
Blake is writing this to explore the notion that he was forced to grow up as a result of his brother\'s death...

| Posted on 2011-01-30 | by a guest


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The Angel seems to be a symbol of innocence, the tears of the \"Maiden Queen\" symbolic of childhood. The desire of her heart is perhaps not a desire but a fear. A fear of what is to come as she ages and therefore \"loses\" that innocence and gains knowledge (much like the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in Genesis). The Angel realizes this and leaves, letting her live (as she grows she gains intelligence and her ignorance is replaced by wisdom). But she grows bitter at the loss of her blissful ignorance and arms herself (Blake mentions spears, which are often used as a metaphor for male genitalia). This furthers the conceit of the loss of innocence, for when the Angel returns, the poet says he \"returned in vain,\" as she had already lost the privilege of his protection

| Posted on 2011-01-27 | by a guest


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But the angel is a man, it says he. and he dreamed a dream of him being a \"Maiden Queen\" he says
\"I Dreamt a Dream! what can it mean?
And that I was a maiden Queen:\"
He doesn\'t understand the dream, that he was a woman with an angel, the angel was a man, and the angel protected him or wiped away his tears...
She(in the dream it\'s a she) has this want,a delight she\'s hiding, perhaps for the angel?
And maybe she\'s denying herself this want... so he goes away, but when he comes back she\'s ready to fight but she\'s old and so no longer, well it won\'t work I guess...

| Posted on 2010-10-03 | by a guest


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But the angel is a man, it says he. and he dreamed a dream of him being a \"Maiden Queen\" he says
\"I Dreamt a Dream! what can it mean?
And that I was a maiden Queen:\"
He doesn\'t understand the dream, that he was a woman with an angel, the angel was a man, and the angel protected him or wiped away his tears...
She(in the dream it\'s a she) has this want,a delight she\'s hiding, perhaps for the angel?
And maybe she\'s denying herself this want... so he goes away, but when he comes back she\'s ready to fight but she\'s old and so no longer, well it won\'t work I guess...

| Posted on 2010-10-03 | by a guest


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But the angel is a man, it says he. and he dreamed a dream of him being a \"Maiden Queen\" he says
\"I Dreamt a Dream! what can it mean?
And that I was a maiden Queen:\"
He doesn\'t understand the dream, that he was a woman with an angel, the angel was a man, and the angel protected him or wiped away his tears...
She(in the dream it\'s a she) has this want,a delight she\'s hiding, perhaps for the angel?
And maybe she\'s denying herself this want... so he goes away, but when he comes back she\'s ready to fight but she\'s old and so no longer, well it won\'t work I guess...

| Posted on 2010-10-03 | by a guest


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wow this he/she on here wont stop dissing me because she don't know nuthin about a poems and i done did research hun and i found out that he was in love with her and ur stupid! she is to good for him anyways because he writes stupis poems

| Posted on 2010-04-19 | by a guest


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The person who left the 2nd poem clearly knows nothing of poetry. Everybody can see that the woman was his angel that kept coming back. The person who wrote the 2nd comment needs to do a little research!!:)

| Posted on 2010-04-19 | by a guest


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This poem is about love that was unreturned. A woman used a man for her own paln and when he found out, he was old and couldn't do nothing about it.

| Posted on 2010-04-19 | by a guest


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I think who ever put that first comment is wrong because she never tried to trick him she just done it and if he did like it then she didnt need it anyways. so the person who left the first comment is stupid!:)

| Posted on 2010-04-19 | by a guest


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This poem is a little sad. I think that a woman (that he loved) was using him. She kept coming and going. She tricked him into beliving that she loved just to use him. When he finally found this out it was to late becuase, his youth was no more.

| Posted on 2010-04-19 | by a guest




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