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Holy Thursday Analysis

Author: Poetry of William Blake Type: Poetry Views: 9432

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'Twas on a Holy Thursday, their innocent faces clean,

Came children walking two and two, in read, and blue, and green:

Grey-headed beadles walked before, with wands as white as snow,

Till into the high dome of Paul's they like Thames waters flow.

Oh what a multitude they seemed, these flowers of London town!

Seated in companies they sit, with radiance all their own.

The hum of multitudes was there, but multitudes of lambs,

Thousands of little boys and girls raising their innocent hands.

Now like a mighty wild they raise to heaven the voice of song,

Or like harmonious thunderings the seats of heaven among:

Beneath them sit the aged man, wise guardians of the poor.

Then cherish pity, lest you drive an angel from your door.


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i love blake. blake loves me. love love love love love :)

| Posted on 2012-01-16 | by a guest

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The "wise guardians of the poor" have become the "usurous hand" from 'Holy Thurday' from Experience. These guardians take away the children's life and humanism.

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

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this poem is easy to undestand after reading the long messeage :D

| Posted on 2009-05-10 | by a guest

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although Holy Thursday is complex and confusing, once you break it down it is simple and has a sharp point on child labour.
raven :)

| Posted on 2009-05-06 | by a guest

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This poem is bullshit, we played them in the preseason, if you want to crown William Blake, crown his ass, but we knew what we thought he was and we let him off the hook

| Posted on 2008-02-27 | by a guest

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Blake thought charity to be evil, and that it was a way for the rich to make themselves feel better. the last line "then cherish pity" highlights that if they cherished the children, they wouldn't need pity. that if you didn't have poverty, you wouldn't need charity. The "wands as white as snow" are a symbol of oppression. The "flowers of London Town" shows that the children should be wild and unrestrained, but have been cut down by poverty and by adults trying to take away their childhood.

| Posted on 2005-11-14 | by Approved Guest

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