William Blake
By Stormy Moore
Thursday, March 27, 14
Biography
William Blake was born in 1757 in London, England. He
began writing at a very early age. He had a “vision” when
...
Influences
A lot of Blake’s paintings and poems referenced to the Romantic
movement and the Pre-Romantic movement. He was ...
Works
Some of Blake’s most popular poems include: “A Cradle Song”,
“A Dream”, “A Little Girl Lost”, “A Song”, “The Little ...
Meaning of “The Little Black Boy”
This is a poem written by William Blake coming from his collection, Songs of Innocence.
...
Symbols in “The Little Black Boy”
The symbols in this poem are relating slavery and equality
in England from 1783 to 1833....
Form of “The Little Black Boy”
The poem is written in heroic quatrains. This means that
the stanzas are in pentameter line...
Works Cited
http://awilkinson-languagealiterature-ipdp.blogspot.com/
2012/10/the-little-black-boy-william-blake.html
http:...
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  1. 1. William Blake By Stormy Moore Thursday, March 27, 14
  2. 2. Biography William Blake was born in 1757 in London, England. He began writing at a very early age. He had a “vision” when he was 10 years old of a tree full of angels. Blake grew to love gothic art which he incorporated in his work. William Blake has become a very influential writer after his death in 1827. Thursday, March 27, 14
  3. 3. Influences A lot of Blake’s paintings and poems referenced to the Romantic movement and the Pre-Romantic movement. He was largely influenced by the reasoning behind the French and American revolutions. Some other influences include Jakob Bohme and Emanuel Swedenborg. Some of Blake’s most popular poems include: “A Cradle Song”, “A Dream”, “A Little Girl Lost”, “A Song”, “Ah Sunflower”, “A Divine Image”, “Broken Love”, “A Poison Tree”. He was a very popular writer and painter. Blake was criticized by many during the 19th century for his works. During his time on Earth as a writer and painter, he was unrecognized. Now he is considered to be “far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced.” Thursday, March 27, 14
  4. 4. Works Some of Blake’s most popular poems include: “A Cradle Song”, “A Dream”, “A Little Girl Lost”, “A Song”, “The Little Black Boy”, “A Divine Image”, “Broken Love”, “A Poison Tree”. He was a very popular writer and painter. Blake was criticized by many during the 19th century for his works. During his time on Earth as a writer and painter, he was unrecognized. Now he is considered to be “far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced.” Thursday, March 27, 14
  5. 5. Meaning of “The Little Black Boy” This is a poem written by William Blake coming from his collection, Songs of Innocence. The story begins with a little black boy telling the audience of how he came to know himself and God. He says that he was born in Africa, and his skin is black, but his soul is white. His mother taught him about God who lives in the East, he gives light and hope to everything. She teaches the little boy that God puts them on Earth to learn about God’s love and spread it to the world. She teaches him that his dark skin that he is judged for now will disappear when He meets God in Heaven. The little black boy goes on to teach what he has learned. He teaches a little white boy about God and how when they get to Heaven and meet God, they will no longer be judged for the color of their skin. The little black boy says that until the little white boy can bear the heat of God’s love, he will cover him. Thursday, March 27, 14
  6. 6. Symbols in “The Little Black Boy” The symbols in this poem are relating slavery and equality in England from 1783 to 1833. The innocence of the little black boy helps signify that he came to love himself and know that although the white man does not love him, God does. He uses his mother to symbolize a teacher of the word. He uses the significance of his dark skin to be a cloud and when he meets God, there will no longer be a cloud. He uses a reference to a cloud over his white friend and until he could accept God’s love, he would cover him from the heat. And when his white friend meets God, his cloud will also be removed and they will love each other at last. Thursday, March 27, 14
  7. 7. Form of “The Little Black Boy” The poem is written in heroic quatrains. This means that the stanzas are in pentameter lines and they rhyme ABAB. This form is a variation from the ballad stanza. Thursday, March 27, 14
  8. 8. Works Cited http://awilkinson-languagealiterature-ipdp.blogspot.com/ 2012/10/the-little-black-boy-william-blake.html http://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/blake/section4.rhtml http://www.poemhunter.com/william-blake/ http://www.poemhunter.com/william-blake/biography/ Thursday, March 27, 14
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