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Shvoong Home>Books>Poetry>Summary of William Blake’S- ‘Piping Down the Valleys Wild’ Review

Summary of William Blake’S- ‘Piping Down the Valleys Wild’

Book Review   by:akso6o175     Original Author: Andy Kester Sawian
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Blake imagines that a child on a cloud ordered him to write these poems for children. While Blake descended down the wild forest stretching to the valley down below, he was playing the sweet melodious tunes of the pan-pipe with a pleasant glee; a feeling of great happiness; and in the midst of preludes of the music that he played, he claimed to have seen an angelic child standing on the cloud and laughing with joy, instructed him to play the tune and pipe the song about the Lamb. This order was later fulfilled in Blake’s third “Songs of Innocence”; “Little Lamb, who made thee?” The lamb symbolizes youth and meekness.
       Blake complied with the little child’s order, piped the song and played the tune with a merry spirit. After he had finished playing for the first time, the child ordered Blake to pipe the song again. So Blake piped the song again and the child wept as he heard it. The next thing that the child ordered was for Blake to stop playing the pipe and put it down aside. Blake was to sing his songs verbally in the merriest note and he did as he was told. The child wept even louder and with greater joy when he heard Blake sang his songs without the pipe. Then lastly, the child ordered the piper (Blake) to sit down and write in a book, that all may read for generations to come. “In a Book” here refers to the “Songs of Innocence”.
       Blake then created a traditional pen of the (rural) country, which was made out of reed and wrote all his happy songs. He made the ink out of water and all the songs he wrote were meant for every child to hear and enjoy.
Published: June 26, 2010   
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  1. Answer  :    Because Cameron Muir told me to Wednesday, February 12, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    WHY IS THERE SO MUCH PIPING?!?!?!? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Lewis Gregor STAHP Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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  1. Answer  :    Because the rainbow told it not to Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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  1. Answer  :    Christ and innocence. Saturday, July 14, 2012
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