The School Boy - William Blake

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Mind Map on The School Boy - William Blake, created by karla2014 on 03/16/2015.

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The School Boy - William Blake
1 I love to rise in a summer morn, When the birds sing on every tree; The distant huntsman winds his horn, And the skylark sings with me: O what sweet company!
1.1 But to go to school in a summer morn, - O it drives all joy away! Under a cruel eye outworn, The little ones spend the day In sighing and dismay.
1.1.1 Ah then at times I drooping sit, And spend many an anxious hour; Nor in my book can I take delight, Nor sit in learning's bower, Worn through with the dreary shower. How can the bird that is born for joy Sit in a cage and sing? How can a child, when fears annoy, But droop his tender wing, And forget his youthful spring! O father and mother if buds are nipped, And blossoms blown away; And if the tender plants are stripped Of their joy in the springing day, By sorrow and care's dismay, How shall the summer arise in joy, Or the summer fruits appear? Or how shall we gather what griefs destroy, Or bless the mellowing year, When the blasts of winter appear?
2 The first verse sets a cheerful scene of a summer morning, accompanie by singing birds and the hntsman's horn. It does not relate clearly to the title of the poem, which creates an odd sense of curiousity
2.1 The second verse then makes it clear as to why the poem is named 'The School Boy'. Blake describes school as being able to 'drive all joy away', which, in all honestly, is occasionally true
2.1.1 I do not really understand the third verse, but i think it says about how at school you cannot read for long periods of time - 'Nor in my book can I take delight'. The fourth verse includes the line that is referenced to in Skellig. This verse (in my opinion), remarks upon how children enclosed in a classroom will forget how to be happy. Possibly. The penultimate verse remarks on what would happen if plants were stuck in a stuffy classroom;p they would wilt and die, and not be joyful The concluding verse is another that I do not particularly understand. I think that it is speculating about how, if the winter is so harsh, the summer can even exist.
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