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Fly , The Analysis

Author: Poetry of William Blake Type: Poetry Views: 1920

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Little Fly,

Thy summer's play

My thoughtless hand

Has brushed away.

Am not I

A fly like thee?

Or art not thou

A man like me?

For I dance

And drink, and sing,

Till some blind hand

Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life

And strength and breath

And the want

Of thought is death;

Then am I

A happy fly,

If I live,

Or if I die.


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| Posted on 2017-06-24 | by a guest

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peoples interpretations are not wrong. whatever you make of this poem is how you relate to it, end of story.

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

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i think this quote is about us bleepin flys and bigger things bleepin us

| Posted on 2011-01-09 | by a guest

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I like this poem, it\'s full of deep and profound sense. But my friend says \"Why should we compare a man with a fly?\"
And I haven\'t any idea what is the answer.
Can you help me?

| Posted on 2010-10-14 | by a guest

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I love the poem because it talks about boobs in the old mans face!

| Posted on 2010-04-21 | by a guest

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Very interesting comments. However, I have been on this site quite a few times and some people should back up their opinions with sources as they tend to be far off the mark...Poems are open to interpretation, but some interpretations are simply wrong. Just a friendly note in passing! :)

| Posted on 2010-03-29 | by a guest

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One interpretation of this poem is that it describes a higher power than us who dictates what happens to us, and all living creatures are equal in his eyes
Another interpretation is that nothing is conincidental and random events happen to us all the time and that fate is obselete. The final stanza of the poem accepts that we have to accept whatever life throws at us

| Posted on 2010-02-08 | by a guest

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i think u all are retarded!! none of u make any sense watsoever....

| Posted on 2010-01-10 | by a guest

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The life of every single creature is equally important in the eyes of Perfection whether you call it man or fly...Blake's teachings are quite important for all of us.

| Posted on 2009-10-15 | by a guest

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I first came across this poem in "Endless Night" by Agatha Christie. I was too young to bother analysing the poem at the time and, instead, fell in love with its simplicity and plaintive beauty.
Even now, as a student of English Honours, this is the one poem I refuse to analyse. Wishy-washy, maybe, but I'm afraid that would ruin its child-like magic...

| Posted on 2009-05-14 | by a guest

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If he explains the blind hand who brushes the flyís wing is that of a man? If we were the flies than who is the hand brushing us, I was thinking that this could be a poem that has a form of a metaphoric feeling of sadness, I feel that something happened to William Blake in this part of his life that he had to write down his feelings. Poems are mainly based your feelings thatís how some people express it, from writing poems. And this seems like the kind of poem that would have the effect on me that something happened to him in his life that apparently effected him in a negitive way to write about this kind of thing which seems to me from happiness in the beginning to sad and negetive in the end.

| Posted on 2009-02-13 | by a guest

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The blind hand who brushes the flys wing is that of a man right? If we are like the fly then who is the blind hand who brushes our wing? God?

| Posted on 2008-07-18 | by a guest

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I think that this is another very interesting poem where Blake invites the reader to place themselves into the position of another, in this case the fly. It is interesting how he uses the language in the third stanza to change viewpoint as though he is in the body of the fly, provoking the reader to seriously consider the consequences of their actions. Blake appears to want the reader to learn from this and to consider the feelings of others, no matter how insignificant they may appear.

| Posted on 2007-11-16 | by a guest

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This is a very sophisticated poem that shows the really beauty and nature within our everyday life. it is a very critical analysis on whether or not we fit into everyday life. William Blake is a very generous writer for supplying us with such amazing works.

| Posted on 2007-06-01 | by a guest

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another very cute poem, though with a very philisophical question behind it, no? our lives may be so insignifficant to others, our play and joy easily brushed away and dismissed. and are we not all the same, the fly is the man and the man the fly, we all are alive and we all live on earth, this is all we need to know really, there is no difference. this same message/lesson could be applied to prejudice and discrimination, as well as animal cruelity or even just interpersonal skills. it's a very placid poem, one which could fit almost any circumstance, in any place, at any time.

| Posted on 2005-10-07 | by TT

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