Many of William Blake’s short poems appear very simple, but there are hidden depths to his work, and his longer poems are extremely difficult. A child describes his cheerful games on a grassy space, called ‘The Echoing Green’ because the children’s cries echo over it. The sun rises up into the clear blue skies and brightens up the countryside into unbound joy and happiness. The merry bells probably from a nearby church, ringing for a holy day to welcome the beginning of spring. Here this season symbolizes the youth and the children. The hope of spring is marked by the loud songs sung by renowned birds like the sky-lark, the thrush and other birds of the bush. The ringing bells make all the children cheerful while they play care-freely on the green echoing meadow.
A prominent elderly person in the guise of Old John emerges in the scene with his white covered hair, gets rid of all his sorrow and worry by joyful laughter. Along with other old folks of the town, they would sit together under the shade of the great oak and laugh at the little children playing. Then they would all say that such and such were the joys of the little children they were girls and boys, once upon a time, till they were in the prime of their youth were seen on this echoing green.
Till the end of the day when the little ones become weary and no more merry-making can be enjoyed since by now the sun would have begun to descend in the western skies. All the sports and play have come to an end for the day and all the children are sitting on the laps of their mothers. All brothers and sisters are ready to take a goodnight’s rest like little birds in a nest. For the day no more sport can be seen on the darkening green.