William Blake lived a life influenced by the arts. He was encouraged by his parents to become an artist so he attended a drawing school and was later apprenticed to James Basire who was an engraver. However in his later years he attended an academy which he rebelled against. He did not agree with there, “stifling atmosphere.” After leaving the academy he became an engraver. I imagine growing up in a world surrounded by art, influenced the author immensely.
Researching this poem really opened my eyes to all the possibilities of symbolism. One word can mean so many different things. Researching also made me realize that everyone can interpret this particular poem in many different ways. It reminded me to always think outside the box. There are no limits when it comes to symbolism. There is such much meaning behind one little word. You always have to read between the lines.
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