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reks
03-01-2004, 09:22 PM
The Fly - William Blake

Little Fly
Thy summers play,
My thoughtless hand
Has brush'd away,

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength & breath;
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die.

vasan
03-01-2004, 09:25 PM
Gee Reks !

Thanks for bringing back the mysterious Mr. Blake... Very beautiful poem.... !



If thought is life
And strength & breath;
And the want
Of thought is death;


I particularly enjoyed the succinct description here.. thanks !!

butterfly
03-02-2004, 12:21 AM
good one reks :b:

sWEEtmICHe
03-02-2004, 03:29 AM
thanks reks :sm30:

reks
03-02-2004, 06:08 AM
yup, very succinct... and i like these lines too...

For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing

:)

ogi... one more from Blake's "Songs of Innocence and of Experience".
This particular song, "The Clod and the Pebble" comes under "Songs of Experience", where Blake presents two contrary view of love..

The Clod and the Pebble

Love seeketh not Itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care;
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hells despair.

So sang a little Clod of Clay,
Trodden with the cattle's feet;
But a Pebble of the brook,
Warbled out these metres meet.

Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to Its delight:
Joys in anothers loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heavens despite.

vasan
03-02-2004, 07:09 PM
oh.. oh... This one is to good.. :) Not just contrary views but a delightful satire too.. I so like the middle stanza...

hmm Clod of clay, trodden under a bunch of cattles? Or the pebble of the brook, eroded of its edges and infinitely shapely and slippery?... Which view is the right one?? :think:

Think there is a part of each in Love.... Some have more of one and less of another, but most likely almost every one has a bit of both..

Blake is amazging..

Thanks a bunch for the poems Reks !! Bringing the poems of Blake is ALSO amazing.. :wink: thanks !!

reks
03-02-2004, 08:31 PM
:doh: thanks vasan :sm08:

hmmm the clod with its innocent view... trodden under the bunch of cattles... and the pebble with its song of experience.

yup as you say, everybody at one point of other would experience both. Some more of one and less of another

:D