This week’s theme, suggested by Ivor, comes from the Dolly Parton song. But Rebecca suggested another take on it with William Blake’s Auguries of Innocence.
I have wanted to discuss Blake in the writers group for a long time as he is such a fascinating and important figure, both as a poet and an artist. So, over to Rebecca…
“To See a World…”
(Fragments from “Auguries of Innocence”
To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. A Robin Redbreast in a Cage Puts all Heaven in a Rage. A dove house fill’d with doves and pigeons Shudders Hell thro’ all its regions. A Dog starv’d at his Master’s Gate Predicts the ruin of the State. A Horse misus’d upon the Road Calls to Heaven for Human blood. Each outcry of the hunted Hare A fiber from the Brain does tear. He who shall train the Horse to War Shall never pass the Polar Bar. The Beggar’s Dog and Widow’s Cat, Feed them and thou wilt grow fat. The Gnat that sings his Summer song Poison gets from Slander’s tongue. The poison of the Snake and Newt Is the sweat of Envy’s Foot. A truth that’s told with bad intent Beats all the Lies you can invent. It is right it should be so; Man was made for Joy and Woe; And when this we rightly know Thro’ the World we safely go. Every Night and every Morn Some to Misery are Born. Every Morn and every Night Some are Born to sweet delight. Some are Born to sweet delight, Some are Born to Endless Night.
Good AfternoonI was reminded of this lovely poem by William Blake and wanted to share it as my contribution for this week's creative theme of 'Everything's Beautiful (In it's Own Way).I got into reading poetry kind of by accident. I normally love reading books but when going through a past period of depression found that I got readers 'block' and didn't have my usual attention span for reading. I found that I could manage to read poetry still & it really helped bring some light into my life during a period that otherwise felt quite dark. I have rediscovered reading poetry during lockdown and found it a really good companion & perfect antidote for me when feeling a bit down or fed-up.Rebecca Mahony