William Blake, 19th century English romantic poet on “The Clod and the Pebble”

In his poem The Clod and the Pebble, William Blake uses earthy imagery to poignantly illustrate the distinction between a selfless and a selfish heart.  Listen to the words and sense their rhythm…

                                               “Love seeketh not Itself to please,

                                               “Nor for itself hath any care,

                                               “But for another gives its ease,

                                               “And builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.”

                                               So sang a little Clod of Clay

                                               Trodden with the cattle’s feet,

                                               But a Pebble of the brook

                                               Warbled out these metres meet:

                                               “Love seeketh only Self to please,

                                               “To bind another to Its delight,

                                                “Joys in another’s loss of ease,

                                                “And builds a Hell in Heaven’s despite.”

As one easily captured by the words and verse of poetic insight, it causes me to reflect and ask, am I a “Clod” (the ironically desirable character trait) or a “Pebble”?  And what of you?

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s