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Crystal Cabinet, The Analysis

Author: Poetry of William Blake Type: Poetry Views: 815

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The Maiden caught me in the wild,

Where I was dancing merrily;

She put me into her Cabinet,

And lock'd me up with a golden key.

This cabinet is form'd of gold

And pearl and crystal shining bright,

And within it opens into a world

And a little lovely moony night.

Another England there I saw

Another London with its Tower,

Another Thames and other hills,

And another pleasant Surrey bower.

Another Maiden like herself,

Translucent, lovely, shining clear,

Threefold each in the other clos'd

O, what a pleasant trembling fear!

O, what a smile! a threefold smile

Fill'd me, that like a flame I burn'd;

I bent to kiss the lovely Maid,

And found a threefold kiss return'd.

I strove to seize the inmost form

With ardor fierce and hands of flame,

But burst the Crystal Cabinet,

And like a weeping Babe became--

A weeping Babe upon the wild,

And weeping Woman pale reclin'd,

And in the outward air again,

I fill'd with woes the passing wind.



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In this poem, a man meets a sort of magical woman. She captures him and places him in a grand crystal cabinet decorated with gold and pearls. The cabinet opens up into a sort of parallel world because the first line in the third stanza speaks of "another England" In this other world the same woman (or her alternate character) is there. The last line of the 4th stanza suggests she instills both love and fear within him. But as they kiss he unintentionally breaks free of the cabinet and released back into the wild where he was found but instead of feeling free, he is upset.

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