He asks if he is like the fly, or the fly is more like himself. I think what Blake was trying to say, as he had implied many times throughout his poetry, is that one should live in the moment if one is to be happy, in life as well as in death. In Felpham he experienced profound spiritual insights that prepared him for his mature work, the great visionary epics written and etched between about 1804 and 1820. He never had children, but he was devoted to his younger brother Robert and taught him drawing and nursed him. Stanza 5: After seeing the end of the happy fly the poet questions himself whether he will be happy when he lives or dies. Death is repeatedly referred to as a hand.
Or art not thou A man like me? The fly is totally innocent and powerless. Just as the fly dances and sings, so does the speaker. Luckily, this is the case in The Fly. His parents knew enough of his headstrong temperament that he was not sent to school but instead enrolled in drawing classes. Milton 1804-08 , Vala, or The Four Zoas 1797; rewritten after 1800 , and Jerusalem 1804-20 have neither traditional plot, characters, rhyme, nor meter.
Since the message that he is trying to get across to the readers is very important it effects the tone of the overall poem. He is equally as vulnerable - unaware of things that might be greater and more powerful than himself. The text and illustrations were printed from copper plates, and each picture was finished by hand in watercolors. For the remainder of his life, Blake made a meager living as an engraver and illustrator for books and magazines. The poem poses the question, floats the idea, in a rhetorical way, i. Johns College, Cambridge and graduated in 1791. Blake was a nonconformist who associated with some of the leading radical thinkers of his day, such as Thomas Paine and Mary Wollstonecraft.
Those lives seem to oppose each other and yet if one reads the poems carefully, one can see that they have. These rhyming schemes that are used throughout the poem help lighten the mood slightly, although it is still a very serious poem. I dried my tears, and armed my fears With ten-thousand shields and spears. Summary A person kills a fly and he questions if he is more like the fly or the fly like him. In the prose work The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 1790-93 , he satirized oppressive authority in church and state, as well as the works of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish philosopher whose ideas once attracted his interest.
Every Morn and every Night Some are born to Sweet Delight, Some are born to Endless Night. Connotation There's not much imagery but the whole poem is a big metaphor comparing his life and existance to the fly he just shooed away. Tiger Tiger burning bright, In the forests of the night: What immortal hand or eye, Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? Relation to Jesus Christ A. The poet without a single thought immediately kills the fly with his hand. The Lamb identifies with Christ to form a Trinity of child, Lamb and Redeemer. William Blake was born in 1757 and died in 1827, the third son of a London hosier.
Although it may have a serious tone it is something I believe everyone should read in order to gain a better understanding of the importance of life. If thought is life And strength and breath And the want Of thought is death; Then am I A happy fly, If I live, Or if I die. I will live as a happy fly, whether or not I die. Works of William Blake is as delighted as it is challenging, and its wide appeal ranges from the deceptive cadence of his lullaby-like pastorals and songs to the troubling notes of the tragedy of the lapsed soul and the stormy music of the prophetic works. Interestingly, the poem emerges as a metaphor for what happens when one allows anger to grow within, instead of using the power of communication to resolve conflicts. GradeSaver, 31 May 2011 Web.
The language and style of poetry is not used very much during this time frame. Live your life to the fullest because you never know when it is going to end. Blake's poetry was not well known by the general public, but he was mentioned in A Biographical Dictionary of the Living Authors of Great Britain and Ireland, published in 1816. Blake explains his relation to the fly to be like God's relation to him. Burnt the fire of thine eyes? Lastly, there are many forms of figurative language in The Fly. This is where Blake indicates his belief in thoughtlessness leading to death.
He feels the fly also had a life similar to him and he had ended its life. Then he compares the thought of life to death and say's he's happy alive or dead like the fly. This is also the century that Blake was alive in. It is not until the fifth and final stanza that Blake breaks this pattern. The iris stanza uses the imagery of the human placed in a God-like position when he kills the fly. This is an important message Blake is trying to get across in this poem. If thought is life And strength and breath And the want Of thought is death; Then am I A happy fly, If I live, Or if I die.