To the Muses

By William Blake 1757–1827 William Blake
Whether on Ida's shady brow,
         Or in the chambers of the East,
The chambers of the sun, that now
         From ancient melody have ceas'd;

Whether in Heav'n ye wander fair,
         Or the green corners of the earth,
Or the blue regions of the air,
         Where the melodious winds have birth;

Whether on crystal rocks ye rove,
         Beneath the bosom of the sea
Wand'ring in many a coral grove,
         Fair Nine, forsaking Poetry!

How have you left the ancient love
         That bards of old enjoy'd in you!
The languid strings do scarcely move!
         The sound is forc'd, the notes are few!

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Poet William Blake 1757–1827

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Poetry & Poets, Mythology & Folklore, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Heroes & Patriotism, Arts & Sciences, Nature, Greek & Roman Mythology

Poetic Terms Allusion, Rhymed Stanza

 William  Blake

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In his Life of William Blake (1863) Alexander Gilchrist warned his readers that Blake "neither wrote nor drew for the many, hardly for work'y-day men at all, rather for children and angels; himself 'a divine child,' whose playthings were sun, moon, and stars, the heavens and the earth." Yet Blake himself believed that his writings were of national importance and that they could be understood by a majority of men. Far from being . . .

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SUBJECT Poetry & Poets, Mythology & Folklore, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Heroes & Patriotism, Arts & Sciences, Nature, Greek & Roman Mythology

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Allusion, Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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