"The Little Black Boy" Poem Review by Peter Pen

"The Little Black Boy"
An analysis of the structure and components of "The Little Black Boy," written by William Blake.
# 101089 | 1,044 words | 0 sources | 2008
Published on Feb 18, 2008 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses the poem, "The Little Black Boy," written by William Blake. The paper discusses the structure and components of the poem, as well as their meaning and function in the plot of the poem. It describes the focus on God throughout the poem and how the little black boy desires to be like the little white English boy because the little black boy feels that he is white inside.

From the Paper:

"In the third stanza, God lives on the sun. He freely gives His light and heat away to man and nature. At first this feels like a loving, warm gift. In the next stanza, the light and heat are harmful. They are only harmful to the black faces. Their faces get sun burnt. The black bodies are what create the shady grove. In the fifth stanza, the blacks are free only when they have learned to withstand the heat of the white man's God."
"God's beams are a contrast to mother's kisses. Mother kisses the little black boy during and after the lesson. Mother's acceptance is from birth. She quietly teaches him and loves him unconditionally. God's lesson comes with bearing of heat. His lessons hurt and are only accepted at death. God's love comes with the condition that the little black boy is no longer black."

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