"The Fly" by William Blake? help!

Reply Wed 19 May, 2010 09:33 am
@Simon Puzey,
blake was born in Soho, London, not Lambeth. Also, it's gods, not god. He was big with Greek and Roman(not sure if there were more) mythology............
Whether on Ida's shady brow
Or in the chambers of the East,
The chambers of the Sun, that now
From ancient melody have ceased;

Whether in heaven ye wander fair,
Or in the green corners of the earth,
Or in the blue regions of the air
Where the melodious winds have birth;

Whether on crystal rocks ye rove,
Beneath the bosom of the sea,
(btw, does anyone know what this line means?)
Wandering in many a coral grove;
Fair Nine forsaking Poetry;

How have you left the ancient love
That bards of old enjoy'd in you!
Tha languid strings do scarcely move,
The sound is force, the notes are few.

at first i thought the poem was about the earth, but then i looked up Fair Nine and it talked about the Nine "fair" Greek Muses. then i realized that this whole poem was all about greek mythology
Blake's poetry is very complicated.......it takes a while to dissect and understand what he is saying
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Reply Thu 15 Dec, 2011 12:18 pm
Why don't you do your own homework. Read the poem over and over, and THINK about it.
Reply Sun 18 Dec, 2011 10:12 pm
queueanday wrote:

Why don't you do your own homework. Read the poem over and over, and THINK about it.

I'm happy to report that, since he began this thread, vonderjohn has gone on to obtain his doctorate in British Romantic literature, with a focus on representations of the Blakean dialectic in the YouTube comments area.
Reply Sun 18 Dec, 2011 10:49 pm
Good to read.
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