Posted at 11.30.2018
William Blake was an English poet, an artist, engraver, myth maker, visionary and one of the greatest romantics of his time. His work is till today considered one of the very most excellent contributions to English literature.
He needed man to open his eye to the world of Thought and creativity and his work portrays this effort.
This poem, 'The Little Vagabond' is one of his finest pieces which is about
a child beggar who wanders around which is living his life by using charity from the Church. As he is in his child years he builds up an innocent view of life. The poem is based on the conversation of the child along with his mother. This dialog shows the close marriage one shares along with his mother and identifies the thoughts associated with this rare and profound found relationship.
'Dear mom, dear mom, the cathedral is chilly,
But the ale-house is healthy and pleasant and warm. . . '
The poem illustrates the pointed contrast between innocence and experience. The child is so innocent that he's trying to affiliate the happiness of the ale-house with Chapel. He needs the contentment and gaiety of ale-house to be in the Chapel too.
The poem provides the factor of alienation, where alienation can be explained as breaking all rules and regulations and floating to a new 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 connect with this alienation theme as now and then we do feel frustrated from the stresses of the world and we long for a transformation to a world of bliss where we've no restrictions and are absolve to feel and think about as we please.
The poem depicts the desire in humans to feel free and it says that self-flattery and vanity are a strong element in man's mother nature. Man loves to please himself with flattering images and imagines himself outside the confines of the material world and its limitations. The child's thoughts in this poem reveal to an alienation from this materials world to a fresh dimension
of thoughts and thoughts where the heart and soul and brain is clear of all constraints and obligations and thus, seeks for an escape into the world of illusion.
'But if at the church they would give us some ale,
And a pleasurable flame our souls to regale,
We'd sing and we'd pray all the live-long day,
Nor ever once wish from the church to stray. . . '
The poem has brilliantly showcased the simpleness of the kid as he talks to his mom overwhelmed by the enjoyment he has observed in the ale-house as compared to the dreariness he sees in the Cathedral. His creativity kicks full pressure as he recognizes this transformation from the materialistic world to a world of genuine ecstasy and unadulterated bliss.
However the worthiness of the Cathedral can be viewed as too if the same joyous occasions are arranged in the Church. The souls when going to Church would at least then maintain a festive feeling, performing and praying. When such pleasure is present in the Church too as in the ale house then nobody 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 wild birds in the springtime. . . '
Then all souls in the cathedral combined with the Clergymen would maintain an enchanting feelings when everyone's creativeness would reach its top.
Everyone would perform their tasks in a good disposition. The Clergymen would preach about the religion and the worshippers would listen and respond to it as gaily and brightly as birds chirp around in a frenzy of excitement welcoming the beginning of bouquets in spring.
In such a happy atmosphere old women would not indulge unwilling children in long monotonous sessions. Those long hours crippled the children's imaginations and ability to think and feel. The poem binds together the unbearable influences of the institution with those of the Chapel. It says that the Church should be made a location of free thoughts and easy worship rather then a forbidding and stressed out place.
'And God, such as a father rejoicing to see,
His children as pleasurable and happy as he. . . '
When the feelings would be so peaceful and imaginative then God will also welcome the prayers of his followers and his manner would be as homosexual and loving as a father's is while looking at his children. The creativeness in the Cathedral is so strong which it weaves a primary path to God who's a loving, not really a hostile, father. The poem associates the love of your daddy with the love of God when his people pray and worship with a 100 % pure core and use their creativeness. God would be so pleased to see His creation that he would forgive the Devil. God in a state of delight would greet the Devil too to gift ideas and beverages.
No one anymore would be answerable to his deeds and God's generosity would reach its limit as he'd forgive everyone and neglect all issues he had with the Devil. God would in his express of extreme pleasure place Devil in heaven amidst presents and other apparels which all the other blessed ones were enjoying.
Souls start fancying their likelihood of being in heaven without gratifying their responsibilities and without accounting to God.
All in all this poem is conveying a message resistant to the worldly way of man towards God and says that worshipping in the Church ought to be the building of a solid bond with true feelings that emerge from within the spirit.
These can be addressed when there's a direct hyperlink between God and us which really is a consequence of alienation to the world of dreams and thoughts.