The Poems of William Blake

what does this quotation show ' Dear mother, dear mother' (except for help)

the little vagabond

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In “The Little Vagabond” we can find that it is light hearted but has a deeper meaning. The point the child is trying to make is that worship should be a pleasure not a trial.He lives in the street and criticises the church because of its hypocrise. Repetition: The apostrophe Dear Mother, dear Mother reminds of a repeated call for help; Dear, however, sounds rather over-emphatic or formal for a vagabond child in this context (irony). Repeatedly, activities of semantically ambiguous qualities are ironically referred to different characters and aspects.


In my last album "Ode to William Blake" I sing "the Little Vagabond" .

you can hear and find a little analysis on my site:

In "The Little Vagabond", Blake shows his disagreement with many aspects of institutionalized Christianity system. To understand what is said in "The Little Vagabond" we must consider the religious position, or rather the spiritual poet. William Blake considered himself a Gnostic tier. According to him, which saves the soul of a person is not faith but knowledge. Faith is used by those who think that spending every Sunday in a church may grant them eternal salvation regardless of the actions they take outside.

Religious ceremonies are by Blake without emotion and meaning. Itself would have attended a religious ceremony only three times in his life (baptism, marriage and funerals).

His philosophy of Christianity was considered blasphemous, but it has never been accused of a crime that was at the time.

Its own mythology, allegorical style retaining the symbolic biblical references are obscure ways to express it would be dangerous to say so openly.

Blake was aware of the risks prennait in his seditious position and relations (Thomas Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, Joseph Johnson etc..).

The poem "The Little Vagabond" was removed from circulation in 1839. Blake died in 1827.

The poem is narrated by a child who complains of being gently in a cold church when he could be partying and singing in the nearby tavern.

From the perspective of the child, our world has been arbitrarily divided into a world of pleasure and opposed to a world of sin, religion, duty, abandonment of physics.

The little tramp is typical of Blake's poetry. Blake revered positive innocence of children, he often uses their voices to present more easily accepted from a child's ideas. Adults can become blind essential auxvérités by virtue of their repetitive daily life.

For Blake, the children are not "childish" -

they have the ability to be wiser than adults.

Forgive I my English, I am just a poor small French singer but I'm a Blake lover too.

I am working presently on the TOME 2 ; 18 songs with the "note book":



It is interesting with William Blake, and it is my artistic approach, that he sang his poems and this repetition " dear mther, to dear mother " suits very well in a melody.

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