Essay on Analysis of Little Girl Lost by Blake

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Analysis of Little Girl Lost by Blake

"A Little GIRL Lost" from Songs of Experience is one of Blake's most important poems. Though judging the aesthetic value of a poem is nearly impossible, I would contend that "A Little Girl Lost" is "better" than "The Little Girl Lost" found in Songs of Innocence. Perhaps because "A Little Girl Lost" was composed as an afterthought to its original counterpart, having been first written in "Innocence," it acts as a conclusion to the original poem. The two poems both observe a young girl as she encounters a world filled with innocence (in "The Little Girl Lost") and a world of experience ("A Little Girl Lost"). In first poem, a young seven-year-old girl named Lyca falls asleep in the wilderness under
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All this could be slightly misleading. Perhaps Blake, like Shakespeare, believed in very young brides. While the boy and the girl in the "Nurse?s Song" and the little lost boys, both in "Innocence" and "Experience," are clearly children, the illustration shows Lyca (The Little Girl Lost) and her lover as fully mature. The "youth and maiden" in "A Little Girl Lost" are not actually shown in the illustration, but the poem itself suggests that they are more than children. The first thing to notice about "A Little Girl Lost" is that notwithstanding the beautiful lyrical mood of the first part, it is a tragedy. It is closely related with "A Little Boy Lost," because the two poems both contain themes centering on the destruction of youthful innocence. Blake is commenting on the unfortunate reality where youth is not tolerated, with the consequence that the soul of youth is systematically excluded, and innocence destroyed. "A Little Girl Lost" simply substitutes "Love" where "Thought" was the innocent action destroyed in "A Little Boy Lost." The poem is intensely dramatic in form and character. Unlike "The Little Girl Lost", which employs a repeated trochaic trimater prosody throughout all 10 stanzas, "A Little Girl Lost" adds variation to the rhythm and meter. The number of stanzas is limited to a prologue and six
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