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Auguries Of Innocence Analysis

Author: poem of William Blake Type: poem Views: 211

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To see a world in a grain of sand

And a heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand

And eternity in an hour.

A robin redbreast in a cage

Puts all heaven in a rage.

A dove-house filled with doves and pigeons

Shudders hell through all its regions.

A dog starved at his master's gate

Predicts the ruin of the state.

A horse misused upon the road

Calls to heaven for human blood.

Each outcry of the hunted hare

A fibre from the brain does tear.

A skylark wounded in the wing,

A cherubim does cease to sing.

The game-cock clipped and armed for fight

Does the rising sun affright.

Every wolf's and lion's howl

Raises from hell a human soul.

The wild deer wandering here and there

Keeps the human soul from care.

The lamb misused breeds public strife,

And yet forgives the butcher's knife.

The bat that flits at close of eve

Has left the brain that won't believe.

The owl that calls upon the night

Speaks the unbeliever's fright.

He who shall hurt the little wren

Shall never be beloved by men.

He who the ox to wrath has moved

Shall never be by woman loved.

The wanton boy that kills the fly

Shall feel the spider's enmity.

He who torments the chafer's sprite

Weaves a bower in endless night.

The caterpillar on the leaf

Repeats to thee thy mother's grief.

Kill not the moth nor butterfly,

For the Last Judgment draweth nigh.

He who shall train the horse to war

Shall never pass the polar bar.

The beggar's dog and widow's cat,

Feed them, and thou wilt grow fat.

The gnat that sings his summer's song

Poison gets from Slander's tongue.

The poison of the snake and newt

Is the sweat of Envy's foot.

The poison of the honey-bee

Is the artist's jealousy.

The prince's robes and beggar's rags

Are toadstools on the miser's bags.

A truth that's told with bad intent

Beats all the lies you can invent.

It is right it should be so:

Man was made for joy and woe;

And when this we rightly know

Through the world we safely go.

Joy and woe are woven fine,

A clothing for the soul divine.

Under every grief and pine

Runs a joy with silken twine.

The babe is more than swaddling bands,

Throughout all these human lands;

Tools were made and born were hands,

Every farmer understands.

Every tear from every eye

Becomes a babe in eternity;

This is caught by females bright

And returned to its own delight.

The bleat, the bark, bellow, and roar

Are waves that beat on heaven's shore.

The babe that weeps the rod beneath

Writes Revenge! in realms of death.

The beggar's rags fluttering in air

Does to rags the heavens tear.

The soldier armed with sword and gun

Palsied strikes the summer's sun.

The poor man's farthing is worth more

Than all the gold on Afric's shore.

One mite wrung from the labourer's hands

Shall buy and sell the miser's lands,

Or if protected from on high

Does that whole nation sell and buy.

He who mocks the infant's faith

Shall be mocked in age and death.

He who shall teach the child to doubt

The rotting grave shall ne'er get out.

He who respects the infant's faith

Triumphs over hell and death.

The child's toys and the old man's reasons

Are the fruits of the two seasons.

The questioner who sits so sly

Shall never know how to reply.

He who replies to words of doubt

Doth put the light of knowledge out.

The strongest poison ever known

Came from Caesar's laurel crown.

Nought can deform the human race

Like to the armour's iron brace.

When gold and gems adorn the plough

To peaceful arts shall Envy bow.

A riddle or the cricket's cry

Is to doubt a fit reply.

The emmet's inch and eagle's mile

Make lame philosophy to smile.

He who doubts from what he sees

Will ne'er believe, do what you please.

If the sun and moon should doubt,

They'd immediately go out.

To be in a passion you good may do,

But no good if a passion is in you.

The whore and gambler, by the state

Licensed, build that nation's fate.

The harlot's cry from street to street

Shall weave old England's winding sheet.

The winner's shout, the loser's curse,

Dance before dead England's hearse.

Every night and every morn

Some to misery are born.

Every morn and every night

Some are born to sweet delight.

Some are born to sweet delight,

Some are born to endless night.

We are led to believe a lie

When we see not through the eye

Which was born in a night to perish in a night,

When the soul slept in beams of light.

God appears, and God is light

To those poor souls who dwell in night,

But does a human form display

To those who dwell in realms of day.


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I find that the poem is a vision of the selfishness of the world, as well as the consequences of that selfishness. As the second to last stanza states, \"We are led to believe a lie/ When we see not through the eye.\" I believe that the lie is that selfishness is the optimal means of obtaining happiness, and the eye is that of one who is innocent, such as a child. Innocent children do not realize the selfish attitude that chokes the people of the world, and so they are most able to percieve the true beauty of the world around us, \"To see a world in a grain of sand/ And Heaven in a wild flower.\"

| Posted on 2012-04-18 | by a guest

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i think that first four lines means that to achieve the impossible you have to do the impossible...

| Posted on 2012-04-13 | by a guest

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i think in first four lines poet says that if we hold a one grain of sand and think about of it that who create it and how it become maybe we understand the existance of God in every thing poet says that we are far from beauty of nature and if we passed some time in nature then we understand the reality of life and forgotten our problems. Uzma Shaheen Lahore

| Posted on 2012-03-06 | by a guest

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I have always seen the first four lines as a reminder that the miraculous is there in plain view in the mundane and commonplace. And the rest of the piece is there to show us what happens when we lose sight of that. Usually as we grow older and \"wiser\".

| Posted on 2011-06-27 | by a guest

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love affection and kindness bridges the gap between all worlds contradictions and paradoxes - Carlos Castaneda\'s quote captures the essence of the paradoxes Blake espouses when one sees with the eyes of God and can see past the form of light and dark, good and bad, right and wrong.

| Posted on 2011-03-14 | by a guest

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in my opinion he is talking about perspective.... when you hold a little grain of sad what do you see? what is worth more the beggers quorter of the millionars gold? its all about what you see. he wrote about his perspective of the world. its an amazing poem one of my faves :)

| Posted on 2011-03-12 | by a guest

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I believe he just wanted to make a point, of how in nature we find truth, and as a guest already said how we can re aquire the innocence lost and be reborn in sweet delight. In my personal opinion this is great spiritual medicine for our times.
The clues are all over the poem:
The child\'s toys and the old man\'s reasons
Are the fruits of the two seasons
(adolescence and adulthood the other two seasons)
(the innocence of children and the words of wisdom of the elders are what we need to turn to in other to recue the fruits of truth)
This is my Analysis.
This is just and example

| Posted on 2011-01-06 | by a guest

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thanks to you all! you all helped me in understanding the poem. . so I thought to add something myself so that it may help someone else as well :-)
The poem is a blend of so many paradoxes as if the whole of the worlds has been packed in it by the poet. Each of its line is filled with the realities of the hidden truths. It encapsulates the notions and the ways; how one should get through life___ the simple, adaptable yet difficult philosophy of life; a paradoxical truth like the poem itself. :-)

| Posted on 2010-10-31 | by a guest

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We shall have to look into the aura that was prevailing in Blake\'s age. The major part of his poetry is influenced by the movement of Romanticism. Along with Coleridge and Wordswoth, Blake remains pioneer in Romantic literature, however, is unique in his mode of language and fanciful ideas as can be observed in \"Auguries of Innocence\". An idealized portrayal of the world is put forth, definitely reminiscent of Plato\'s Theory of Forms. Yet there is some ambiguities, obscurities and mystic-like philosophy of his own. It is to be noticed that he is nowhere seemed favoring philosophy, rather, he shows his disapproval for it.

| Posted on 2010-10-12 | by a guest

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The first four lines I believe it tells us about how children see life through nature. When you are a child, nature is always your closest friend.

| Posted on 2010-09-11 | by a guest

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The first four lines I believe it tells us about how children see life through nature. When you are a child, nature is always your closest friend.

| Posted on 2010-09-11 | by a guest

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The fist four lines highlight the blindness that arises from the conformity to the common understanding of space and time.
Blake challenges these conceptions by recommending a intense life Here and Now, that is to say that present moment underlies eternity hence has its potentiality..
the same thing for the local place.
The rest of the poem shows what may arise from the opposite conception (like putting a bird in a cage, to 'keep there' 'every day').

| Posted on 2010-07-04 | by a guest

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The first for lines are a recipe of sorts which can be interpreted as Blake's view on how Innocence can be obtained.

| Posted on 2009-09-08 | by a guest

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The poem Auguries of Innocence is full of paradoxes . It brings up situations that are unfathomable in our realm of human unserstanding. Our minds arecapable of many things but all things are not readily understandable. One such paradox is the idea of holding infinity in a finite sapce. Infinity is also an idea that is not tangible or able to be felt , thus it cannot be held inside of anything, esp our hands. THis poem presents many interesting ideas . All the situations may be possible but are almost impossible to be understood. This shows that human mind is not ultimate thinking machine . However, if we look at this from a differeent angle oe can see that may be it takes time for human knowledge to develop and obtain a higher understanding of life and nature
S.Toqir Abbas Naqvi
Sangla Hill

| Posted on 2009-08-29 | by a guest

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The initial four lines let us know what innocence is..and the remaining tells us the what lack of innocence forebodes.

| Posted on 2009-08-21 | by a guest

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The first four lines tell us why the poem was called "Auguries of Innocence." An Augurie is an omen of sorts. The first four lines are things only children dream of doing. As a man grows older and his innocence fades, he loses these notions of impossible deeds and adopts a more reformed outlook. these statements, the simplemindedness displayed, shows the innocence in the poem.

| Posted on 2008-07-02 | by a guest

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