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The little black boy - William Blake

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The little black boy - William Blake

  1. 1. The Little Black Boy Written By: William Blake Presented By: Ponce and Kyle Uto
  2. 2. William Blake (1757-1827) <ul><li>Born on Nov. 28, 1757 in London </li></ul><ul><li>Visions at a young age </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Saw God and angels in a tree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Claimed to talk to his dead brother Robert </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Married Catherine Boucher in 1782 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>She couldn’t read, so she signed her wedding contract with a “X” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blake later taught her how to read and write </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No children </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Died Aug. 12, 1827 </li></ul>
  3. 3. History <ul><li>Published in 1789 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Slavery was still legal </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>My mother bore me in the southern wild, </li></ul><ul><li>And I am black, but O! my soul is white; </li></ul><ul><li>White as an angel is the English child: </li></ul><ul><li>But I am black as if bereav’d of light. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>My mother taught me underneath a tree </li></ul><ul><li>And sitting down before the heat of day, </li></ul><ul><li>She took me on her lap and kissed me, </li></ul><ul><li>And pointing to the east began to say. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Look on the rising sun: there God does live </li></ul><ul><li>And gives his light, and gives his heat away. </li></ul><ul><li>And flowers and trees and beasts and men receive </li></ul><ul><li>Comfort in morning joy in the noon day. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>And we are put on earth a little space, </li></ul><ul><li>That we may learn to bear the beams of love, </li></ul><ul><li>And these black bodies and this sun-burnt face </li></ul><ul><li>Is but a cloud, and like a shady grove. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>For when our souls have learn’d the heat to bear </li></ul><ul><li>The cloud will vanish we shall hear his voice. </li></ul><ul><li>Saying: come out from the grove my love & care, </li></ul><ul><li>And round my golden tent like lambs rejoice. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Thus did my mother say and kissed me, </li></ul><ul><li>And thus I say to little English boy. </li></ul><ul><li>When I from black and he from white cloud free, </li></ul><ul><li>And round the tent of God like lambs we joy: </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>I’ll shade him from the heat till he can bear, </li></ul><ul><li>To lean in joy upon our fathers knee. </li></ul><ul><li>And then I’ll stand and stroke his silver hair, </li></ul><ul><li>And be like him and he will then love me. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Quick Facts <ul><li>Speaker – little black boy </li></ul><ul><li>Setting – Slavery days </li></ul><ul><li>Initial situation – He’s black </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solved – His mother teaches him about God </li></ul>
  12. 12. Summary <ul><li>The little black boy explains that even though his skin is black, his soul is white. </li></ul><ul><li>He states that he learned about God and His creations from his mother </li></ul><ul><li>He then explains his teachings to an English boy </li></ul>
  13. 13. Form <ul><li>Heroic Quatrains </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pentameter lines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ABAB </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Metaphors <ul><li>Sun = God and his kingdom </li></ul><ul><li>“ Look on the rising sun: there God does live” (line 9) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Slavery at the time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ rising” refers to “change” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Change was going to happen with slavery </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Slavery ended in 1863 with the Emancipation Proclamation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Imagery <ul><li>Black and white = dark and light </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ And I am black, but O! my soul is white” (line 2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ When I from black and he from white cloud free,” (line 23) </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Black <ul><li>“ But I am black as if bereav’d of light.” (line 4) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>He thinks he is so black that he is deprived of light </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dark skin is just an outer appearance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only on earthy life </li></ul></ul><ul><li>God looks at your soul (inside) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Therefore, does not matter what color skin one has </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. White <ul><li>“And these black bodies and this sun-burnt face / Is but a cloud, and like a shady grove. / For when our souls have learn’d the heat to bear / The cloud will vanish we shall hear his voice.” (lines 15-18) </li></ul><ul><li>God looks at your soul (inside) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Skin color will disappear when one meets God. He only looks on the inside. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Romantic Period <ul><li>Individuals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A lot of “I” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Youth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Little boy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Equality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Little black boy tells little white boy that they are equals. </li></ul></ul>

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