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A Little Girl Lost Analysis



Author: Poetry of William Blake Type: Poetry Views: 1484

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Children of the future age,

Reading this indignant page,

Know that in a former time

Love, sweet love, was thought a crime.



In the age of gold,

Free from winter's cold,

Youth and maiden bright,

To the holy light,

Naked in the sunny beams delight.



Once a youthful pair,

Filled with softest care,

Met in garden bright

Where the holy light

Had just removed the curtains of the night.



Then, in rising day,

On the grass they play;

Parents were afar,

Strangers came not near,

And the maiden soon forgot her fear.



Tired with kisses sweet,

They agree to meet

When the silent sleep

Waves o'er heaven's deep,

And the weary tired wanderers weep.



To her father white

Came the maiden bright;

But his loving look,

Like the holy book

All her tender limbs with terror shook.



"Ona, pale and weak,

To thy father speak!

Oh the trembling fear!

Oh the dismal care

That shakes the blossoms of my hoary hair!"





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The little girl represents purity and innocence. Her father represents the church and society. You're welcome.

| Posted on 2015-03-13 | by a guest


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There is no lion in this poem, that is a completely different poem titled "THE Little girl lost", which is before the poem, The Little Girl Found, which are the sister poems to "The Little boy lost" and "A Little Boy Found". This poem is about free love, (an ideology that Blake supported) and about how love was viewed as a 'crime' by the church and in turn, society, and this poem is his way of Pretesting that. Saying that 'sweet' love should not be shunned, but encouraged. The girls father is a symbol for the church and dogma, which is dissaproving about he love for the boy. This poem also has some sexual connotations, which is also a stance that Blake felt should be free....

| Posted on 2014-10-30 | by a guest


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This poem presents Blake's anger at the restriction of free love. He thought that religion prohibited this and was too structured. The young couple merely want to enjoy each other's company without the constraints of society which they do until Lyca decides to tell her Father about her love. He emits the same view as religion and forbids her from seeing him again. She is scared of her Father and what might happen which is how Blake viewed religion. 'Like the holy book' demonstrates that Lyca's Father can be compared to religion.

| Posted on 2014-04-16 | by a guest


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I'm confused about where the Lion comes from? Could someone explain that to me please thank you :)

| Posted on 2014-04-09 | by a guest


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Blake has ruined my life and I hate him with a firey passion. All of his poems are exactly the same and he can't even be bothered to think up different titles for them. He was nice to women though so can't be all bad.

| Posted on 2014-03-14 | by a guest


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i am offering one of the possible interpretations, little girl is shown as a symbol of purity and holiness, she is not aware of corruption,vices and badness in the life, so is dare enough to face any situation and phenomenon. At the other hand hand parents or elders are worried about the same sttituation which little girl openly faces and enjoys.

| Posted on 2012-07-24 | by a guest


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i am offering one of the possible interpretations, little girl is shown as a symbol of purity and holiness, she is not aware of corruption,vices and badness in the life, so is dare enough to face any situation and phenomenon. At the other hand hand parents or elders are worried about the same situation which little girl openly faces and enjoys.

| Posted on 2012-07-24 | by a guest


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i am offering one of the possible interpretations, little girl is shown as a symbol of purity and holiness, she is not aware of corruption,vices and badness in the life, so is dare enough to face any situation and phenomenon. At the other hand hand parents or elders are worried about the same situation which little girl openly faces and enjoys.

| Posted on 2012-07-24 | by a guest


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I read an analysis about the parents looking for thier daughter and finds her with the lion in a den which shows her maturity. Well... If you need an inter textual link i know that the lion also symbolizes Jesus like it did in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. So maybe it\'s trying to say that the parents don\'t need to worry anymore since she has found religion?

| Posted on 2011-10-23 | by a guest


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This poem has religious symbolism despite Blakes move away from God and religion with the Romantics. \'garden bright\' can be representitive of Eden. \'father white\' is obviously a representation of God, this can be interpreted through the \'white\' clothing which suggests his purity and holiness.

| Posted on 2011-03-31 | by a guest


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HOW DOES LITTLE GIRL LOST (EXPERIENCE), REFLECTS BLAKE ROMANTIC VIEWS

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


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Don\'t understand his poems....
Do you guys know the theme and meter of this poem?I thought it might be a half- rhyme, just look at the words at the end of a line; \'age- page\', (AA-BB)
And the theme.. is it \'Childhood innocence?\'

| Posted on 2011-01-17 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2007-09-20 | by a guest
i like your interpretation :)

| Posted on 2011-01-10 | by a guest


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this is the greatest poem in the literary world. I can imagine his hand with pen in it moving gracefully across the piece of paper. Only a true poet master could have made a piece this elegant.

| Posted on 2011-01-05 | by a guest


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Blake is stupid dumb and disable because this poem is shit he has so depressing shit poems which should go in the dusbin.

| Posted on 2010-11-14 | by a guest


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Okay, listen to my idea. This poem is about experience (haha, it\'s in songs of experience). The little girl represents a child of innocence. Her parents fear her going out and dealing with the hardships of the world. We can take this and relate it to love, marraige, school (parties!), tragedy -any worry a parent must undergoe as their child gets older.
The parents later find this girl in the poem and see that the lion, a metaphor for any form of experience, is caring for their daughter. In it\'s den, Experience has taken care of her. Now the daughter is smarter and tougher. Through experience, their innocent child has gained love and understanding of the world, and the parents fear no more.

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


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This poem is about childhood innocence and how having someone around you to support you and be there to help you will take negative energy but in the end when she gets bored again and has to go beck home her father is there to put her back to her place this brings her fear again and she gets scared.

| Posted on 2010-02-11 | by a guest


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wow people have no sense of writing apparently. these postings are to explain the poem and not make stupid comments cause you think you are "cool". anyway blake is trying to potray that our society takes love in a different meaning and the poem is just explaining how if we loved each other in a humane way then there wouldn't be any problems. also it explains how things such as books , parents, morals, and religion fill an innocent human or child with evil about how not everyone is to love and such things. another point that the poem is trying to potray is that it doesnt matter if you are a male or female there shouldn't be any difference in rights or how you think of eachother, but our society doesnt agree to that and thus there are so many problems.

| Posted on 2008-06-03 | by a guest


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Blake embraced ideals of free of love and opposed any authority figures that tried to curb human passion. Blake held that a heaven (or golden age) on earth would one day be achieved if we let passion and imagination lead us. Blake certainly did not want men or women to control their sexual urges, that would be a great sin according to his framework. Here, Blake shows that children, in their innocence, inhabit something akin to the perfect golden age (as seen in their sexual encounter), but authority figures like parents and holy books destroy this innocence and potential. A far more esoteric reading could be wrung from the poem, which in all honesty was probably Blake's plan.

| Posted on 2007-09-20 | by a guest


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This adorable little poem is about lust and disgusting female urges. Obviously a man would be able to control his sexuality and not let the lion eat his parents.

I presume the reference to "grass" is about some sort of community area where peadophiles pick up children for nightly rodgering.

I would also very much like to live in the "age of gold". I wonder if animals would be made of gold aswell...A golden octupus would be a superb addition to the ecosystem.

Besides, who names their child after a polyfast, synthetic material anyway?

STUPID.

STUPID BLAKE

| Posted on 2006-03-15 | by Approved Guest


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the poem is about lovers, the girl loves the boy and apparently has hair according to the last line, so we know she is not suffering from hair loss or using any hair removal creams.
Apparently this comment has to be a bit longer so i shall make a comment upon the first verse. It tells the reader that love was once thought of a crime, but this was only sweet love. So the love one displays for someone such as a relative (maybe balding, maybe not)can be thought of as not sweet, sour infact. According to blake this was ok back in the day

| Posted on 2005-11-07 | by Approved Guest




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