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Never Seek to Tell thy Love Analysis



Author: Poetry of William Blake Type: Poetry Views: 2113

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1Never seek to tell thy love

2Love that never told can be;

3For the gentle wind does move

4Silently, invisibly.



5I told my love, I told my love,

6I told her all my heart,

7Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears--

8Ah, she doth depart.



9Soon as she was gone from me

10A traveller came by

11Silently, invisibly--

12O, was no deny.





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||| Analysis | Critique | Overview Below |||

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Never seek to tell...What?
That you cheated.
This is to convey a lesson learned from confessing his transgression.
A person scorned leaves.
Hurting a lover has consequence.
It is a great poem.
Never kiss and tell unless you are ignorant!

| Posted on 2014-02-12 | by a guest


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I believe he is speaking of death taking a loved one.
That we should tell the object of affection how we feel before death takes them from us.

| Posted on 2013-11-08 | by a guest


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"Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears". Who was trembling...
the author or his beloved? That is the question!

| Posted on 2013-07-28 | by a guest


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never seek to tell thy love , tone of poem is about deep grief and depression after refusal from his beloved. May be the poet wants to say that it is quite better to love silently than express it.

| Posted on 2012-06-10 | by a guest


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Love like moder art can not be defined in all respects.Even though Today I will to b e crazytell him \"I love you, and then I will select you for ever.\" But When my mind change whatever his behave \" Today I experienced \"first thout is best thought.\" But changed several times in a single day. Love never talk. Sometimes, like Hamet pretending to be crazy. He or she doesnt understand the letter in the air not posted, but here I will post it.

| Posted on 2011-03-21 | by a guest


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Love like moder art can not be defined in all respects.Even though Today I will to b e crazytell him \"I love you, and then I will select you for ever.\" But When my mind change whatever his behave \" Today I experienced \"first thout is best thought.\" But changed several times in a single day. Love never talk. Sometimes, like Hamet pretending to be crazy. He or she doesnt understand the letter in the air not posted, but here I will post it.

| Posted on 2011-03-21 | by a guest


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Love like moder art can not be defined in all respects.Even though Today I will to b e crazytell him \"I love you, and then I will select you for ever.\" But When my mind change whatever his behave \" Today I experienced \"first thout is best thought.\" But changed several times in a single day. Love never talk. Sometimes, like Hamet pretending to be crazy. He or she doesnt understand the letter in the air not posted, but here I will post it.

| Posted on 2011-03-21 | by a guest


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If you read into the background of William Blake\'s life you will know that he lost his truly beloved brother due to illness. Although the poem seems to be talking about a woman he could be talking about the death of his brother. When he writes \'Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears\' this could be trembling as in scared of death or alternatively cold as an effect ofhis illness. If you have researched Blake you will also know that he had a connection with angels and spirits once his brother died, so the traveller could be either an angel or a spirit coming to take his brother away \'silently and invisebly\' spirts cant be seen or heard

| Posted on 2011-03-11 | by a guest


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Actually i beilieve that William Blake was talking about lost love due to death, personifying death as a traveller that tooke his love, and he has come to the realization that love is not worth it hence the title \"Never Seek To Tell Thy Love\" implying that if you eventually do your love will \"depart\" i.e. die

| Posted on 2010-10-30 | by a guest


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This poem is written by William Blake. It is addressing us, the readers, concerning the treatment of those who we love. A man seems to be talking about his experience with a woman. This man divulges his heart to the woman he loves, but it gets him no where, for she is not impressed. The tone used in this poem is one of persuasion, as stated in the title and first line “Never seek to tell thy love”, we are then persuaded to abide by this statement. “For the gentle wind does move silently, invisibly” this is imagery, it adds effect to how slow the wind is moving, it's almost unnoticed. The theme of this poem is, to win your love, you must give subtle signs and communicate through body language rather than spilling your guts out. I think that the word 'wind' may have a connotative meaning, it represents love. Love is something that must be treated gently, love is silent and invisible. When the poet uses the word 'tell' in the first line, I think it takes on a denotative meaning, he is telling us not to verbally communicate our emotions to those who we love. This poem is in the form of a quatrain stanza and the rhyming scheme goes -abcb- throughout each stanza, this is called a simple 4-line. As stated in the end of the poem, the traveler came by with silent emotions and he was not denied. This is to further persuade us to take the poet's title(advice) into consideration.
- Hani H

| Posted on 2010-06-26 | by a guest


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There must be mystery, tension between a man and a woman in love, ". . .the [mysterious] way of a man with a maid."O.T. book of Proverbs 30:19.
There is simply nothing rich or exciting about a man pouring out his feelings like a whimpering fool.
Guys, if you're going to make a spectacular fool of yourself in that way, do it when you're young, learn from it, grow a pair, and put it behind you.
You keep your lady's fire lit through artful speech and doing excellent things to make her feel good about associating with you.
You DO IT, you don't TELL IT.
"Love that never told can be."

| Posted on 2009-11-14 | by a guest


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i thought it was about someone in love. and someone who lost love...as it took her away...as in the winds of death...]
but maybe i was just comparing it to my own...
whos knows...

| Posted on 2009-03-02 | by a guest


.: Where it comes from :.

Blake scribbled this in one of his notebooks sometime around 1800 but it only came to light when Dante Gabriel Rosetti deciphered it and published it in 1863. The version in the notebook has a lot of crossing out and changes (the whole first stanza is crossed out) and there are two alternative last lines (the one on this page and the one in the second comment above). So there is no "right version".

What he is saying is: don't pour your heart out to the object of your desire, it's more than likely to scare her off. Watch the traveller and take notes.

Weird metre, isn't it?

PS -- I much prefer "He took her with a sigh", too.

| Posted on 2007-10-05 | by a guest


.: Short Analysis :.

I believe Blake is trying to show that love is like the 'wind'. It is 'silent', 'gentle' and importantly 'invisible'. Thus he shows that love is a natural occurence not something that can be forced or explained and that it should be natural whereby no physical or verbal communication is required. He also seems to warn of the dangers of professing our love.

| Posted on 2007-09-08 | by a guest


.: Alternate Version? :.

The version of this poem that I am familiar with has the last stanza "Soon as she was gone from me/ A traveller came by/ Silently, invisibly/ He took her with a sigh". I like the version I'm familiar with better, and it seems to make more sense. This poem means to me a communication of a lesson learned-- never seek to tell thy love. Specifically, the sense that unrequited love is no less unrequited once it's professed. Love that works should come more naturally, "as the gentle wind does move", and should be formed between two people. I get the sense that one-sided love that is "told" unfortunately never works out, as it's against the "nature" of love.

-Chaz Rogers

| Posted on 2005-11-29 | by Approved Guest


.: short anyalisis/critique :.

The flow was a little choppy in just a couple places, but i definatly liked the back beat.
i liked the way the author turned the sentence around backwards in the second line, and i loved the short criptic sentences.
I was left a little bit hanging by the ending, but perhaps this is the purpose, ne?
i hear the message quite clearly, beward admiting your heart because it could be the path to distruction.
i love the sing-song way he says "i told my love, i told my love, i told her all my heart" it's just so catchy.

| Posted on 2005-10-07 | by TT




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