Posted at 11.23.2018
William Blake was an British poet, an musician, engraver, myth manufacturer, visionary and one of the biggest romantics of his time. His work is till today considered one of the most excellent efforts to English books.
He wished man to start his eyes to the world of Thought and creativity and his work portrays this work.
This poem, 'The Little Vagabond' is one of his finest bits which is about
a child beggar who wanders around and it is living his life by making use of charity from the Church. As he's in his years as a child he builds up an innocent view of life. The poem is dependant on the conversation of the child along with his mother. This chat features the close relationship one shares along with his mother and identifies the feelings associated with this uncommon and profound found relationship.
'Dear mom, dear mother, the chapel is wintry,
But the ale-house is healthy and nice and warm. . . '
The poem illustrates the well-defined comparison between innocence and experience. The child is so innocent that he is trying to associate the delight of the ale-house with Cathedral. He desires the pleasure and gaiety of any ale-house to be in the Cathedral too.
The poem provides the aspect of alienation, where alienation can be explained as breaking all rules and regulations and floating to a fresh world where calmness prevails and the first is absolve to feel. This feeling of alienation that the poet is discussing is present in all stanzas of the poem.
One can affiliate with this alienation theme as now and then we do feel frustrated from the pressures of the world and we miss a transformation to an environment of bliss where we have no limitations and are free to feel and envision even as please.
The poem depicts the desire in humans to feel free and it says that self-flattery and vanity are a solid component in man's character. Man loves to please himself with flattering images and imagines himself beyond your confines of the materials world and its own restrictions. The child's thoughts in this poem point out to an alienation out of this materials world to a fresh dimension
of thoughts and creativity where the heart and soul and brain is free from all constraints and obligations and therefore, seeks for a getaway in to the world of fantasy.
'But if at the chapel they would give us some ale,
And a nice open fire our souls to regale,
We'd sing and we'd pray all the live-long day,
Nor ever once wish from the chapel to stray. . . '
The poem has brilliantly showcased the simplicity of the child as he talks to his mother confused by the delight he has observed in the ale-house when compared with the dreariness he considers in the Church. His creativeness kicks full push as he recognizes this change from the materialistic world to an environment of clean ecstasy and unadulterated bliss.
However the worth of the Church can be viewed as too if the same joyous moments are organized in the Chapel. The souls when browsing Cathedral would at least then maintain a festive ambiance, singing and praying. When such pleasure exists in the Cathedral too just as the ale house then no one would want to leave the Chapel and worship would be a pleasure too.
'Then the parson might preach, and drink, and sing,
And we'd be as happy as parrots in the planting season. . . '
Then all souls in the church combined with the Clergymen would maintain an enchanting spirits when everyone's thoughts would reach its top.
Everyone would perform their responsibilities in a good mood. The Clergymen would preach about the religious beliefs and the worshippers would pay attention and respond to it as gaily and brightly as birds chirp around in a frenzy of thrills welcoming the birth of blooms in springtime.
In such a happy atmosphere old women wouldn't normally employ unwilling children in long boring sessions. Those long hours crippled the children's imaginations and capability to believe and feel. The poem binds collectively the unbearable affects of the school with those of the Cathedral. It says that the Church should be made a location of free thoughts and easy worship instead of a forbidding and stressed out place.
'And God, such as a father rejoicing to see,
His children as pleasant and happy as he. . . '
When the mood would be so tranquil and imaginative then God will also welcome the prayers of his supporters and his manner would be as homosexual and loving as a father's is while looking at his children. The thoughts in the Chapel is so strong which it weaves a direct path to God who's a loving, not really a hostile, daddy. The poem associates the love of any father with the love of God when his people pray and worship with a 100 % pure heart and soul and use their creativeness. God would be so happy to see His creation that he would forgive the Devil. God in circumstances of enjoyment would greet the Devil too to gift ideas and drinks.
No one any longer would be answerable to his deeds and God's generosity would reach its limit as he would forgive everyone and neglect all issues he had with the Devil. God would in his status of extreme pleasure place Devil in heaven amidst items and other apparels which the rest of the blessed ones were enjoying.
Souls start fancying their likelihood of being in heaven without satisfying their duties and without accounting to God.
All in all this poem is conveying a note contrary to the worldly approach of man towards God and says that worshipping in the Chapel ought to be the building of a strong connection with true emotions that emerge from within the heart.
These can be tackled when there is a direct link between God and us which really is a result of alienation to the world of dreams and creativity.