A similar innocence characterizes the pleasure the adult nurse takes in watching her charges play. Blake is considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. The poem fits in with the theme of innocence, as the children are oblivious to the dangers of playing outside late at night. Questions or concerns regarding any poems found here should be addressed to us using our. Because her youthful pleasures are past, she wishes to deny the children theirs.
We will fulfill any request from copyright holders to have any particular poem removed from our website. They are wasting their time, both now in their youth by playing and in their old age by masking their true nature and feelings. The last lines are very ambiguous and pose many questions: is innocence merely a disguise covering our fundamental corruption? And when we begin to shame them, they retort: What backward people you are! This certainly echoes the essence of Romanticism. Blake uses the colour green here in a different way to the other nurse's ong found in the songs of innocence. While the second song, by having the children come into the house and stop their foolish playing for they do not know what comes to them later in life, shows that the nurse is thinking of the aging process and wondering where her life has gone.
Then come home, my children, the sun is gone down, And the dews of night arise; Your spring and your day are wasted in play, And your winter and night in disguise. They are what bring her joy just by being near their joy and laughter. As she watches the children and listens to them, she recalls her own innocence and how it led her to make a mistake that carried long-lasting consequences. The two poems present conflicting views of creation and mankind. The nurse, who is the voice in this poem, is clearly troubled as she watches over the children. You can't hang us all.
Ultimately Blake resists the dominant ideology, first by opposing it, albeit unintentionally, then by strongly affirming it in a satirical manner. She seems not to have the look of innocence that the children had in the first song. Commentary This is a poem of affinities and correspondences. When the voices of children are heard on the green And whisprings are in the dale, The days of my youth rise fresh in my mind, My face turns green and pale. In addition, she freelances as a blogger for topics like sewing and running, with a little baking, gift-giving, and gardening having occasionally been thrown in the topic list. Fading light - Unlike The Ecchoing Green, the darkness appears much earlier in Nurse's Song. Song one is about being young and living freely as a child in the spring time.
The nurse yields to their pleas, and the children shout and laugh with joy while the hills echo their gladness. William Blake 1757 - 1827 used his poetry as a powerful instrument for social comment. About the poet - William Blake 1757- 1827 was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. The Nurse is of a jovial and warmhearted nature, and she allows the children to continue with their games. She calls them to come in, but they protest, for to them it is still light and there is still time to play. Family Friend Poems has made every effort to respect copyright laws with respect to the poems posted here.
They represented the importance of play and, therefore, of imagination in human life. There is only Palestine and occupied Palestine. Moreover, in literature, movie and artwork, child sweepers are portrayed as the cheerful young apprentices with old sweepers. The poem in Songs of Innocence tells the tale of a Nurse, who is looking over some children playing out in the field. Their lives will be less cruel. However, the gathering gloom threatens to curtail innocent activities.
If it were not for my mistakes, I would never have learned the lessons that brought me to the place I am today, which is a good place. It looks at another aspect of the repressive use of parental or quasi-parental authority. The children focus only on making the most of the daylight. The actual poem is very easy to read nothing in it seems to hide anything from the reader. Making the nurse seem like she is ill watching the children playing and remembering when she was a little child.
The scene is officially set as taking place on a hill, which in itself could be conceived as another means of showing the heightened levels of joy the children experience. The sounds and games of the children harmonize with a busy world of sheep and birds. After trying to call them in, they protest, claiming that it is still light, and therefore there is still time to play. The poem in Songs of Innocence tells the tale of a Nurse who, we are to assume, is looking over some children playing in a field. That she reflects upon missed pleasures suggests that the secretive children are in fact adolescents becoming aware of their own sexuality, a theme in keeping with the overall tone of Songs of Experience.
Sparknotes bookrags the meaning summary overview critique of explanation pinkmonkey. I hope you are doing well. In these times it is the older, more traditionalist people like the nurse who uphold such values. Yes, the text is most likely an analysis of aging and growth, but clearly has a political subtext that is seditious to say the least! She does not respond to real children but to what they evoke in her own mind. In addition, these child labors were treated poorly while they were working for long hours as chimney boys. This can be used to protect the freedom of what is carefree, innocent and vulnerable. Perhaps the children are lying to get their way, and if this scenario were the case, it would speak to the limitless reach of children to attain something that they desire, like creating a tall-tale for the sake of playing a little longer.
Does this resentment provoke the nurse into terminating the play that she so wishes to be part of or to return to? Well, well, go and play till the light fades away, And then go home to bed. This variation not only highlights that adults are different, maybe even incapable of embracing that same unabashed joy that children can exude, but it brings to light the concept that an adult does not need to showcase his or her happiness in the same manner to appreciate and share in that unabashed joy. The cruelty of our life, forced upon us by conditions, will be understood and justified. When the adult sees the stillness of dew, to him or her, the time has come to go home. Or does growing up mean the inevitable loss of innocence? That the children desire to play as the light fades could symbolise their developing maturity and fading innocence. In his commentary Sir wrote that one critic said that 'few besides Blake could have written such a successful poem on the delight of being allowed to play a little longer until dusk'. A clear bitterness in recognising lost innocence.