William Blake was born on 28th November in 1757 • He married Catherine Boucher on 18th August in 1782 • Blake was a freelance engraver and he produced the ‘Songs of Innocence’ in 1789 which includes the poem ‘The Echoing Green’ • Blake spent most of his life living in London and was largely unrecognized throughout his lifetime • Blake produced poetry, paintings, engravings and books until his death in 1827
The sun does arise,And make happy the skies;The merry bells ringTo welcome the spring;The skylark and thrush,The birds of the bush,Sing louder aroundTo the bell's cheerful sound,While our sports shall be seenOn the Echoing Green.
Old John with white hair,Does laugh away care,Sitting under the oak,Among the old folk.They laugh at our play,And soon they all say:"Such, such were the joysWhen we all, girls and boys,In our youth time were seenOn the Echoing Green."
Till the little ones, weary,No more can be merry;The sun does descend,And our sports have an end.Round the laps of their mothersMany sisters and brother,Like birds in their nest,Are ready for rest,And sport no more seenOn the darkening Green.
The action of the poem happens within a day, beginning with the morning and the rising of the sun…. And ending with the green darkening as night falls… “The sun does arise, And make happy the skies;” “And sport no more seen on the darkening Green.” The poem is a metaphor for the cycle of life and includes both old and young people and those who are older reminisce about their younger days as they watch the children. The language in the first stanza of the poem is light and cheerful as it is morning and also the beginning of spring. Use of words like… Gives readers a light and positive view of the poem. Blake uses a simile comparing the children running back to their families as birds run back to a nest. This imagery, gives readers a wholesome and loving view of the sisters and brothers within the poem. The poem ends when all the children have returned to their families happily as the sun descends. This is a good ending to the poem and is comforting and nice for readers. “happy”, “merry” and “cheerful.”