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The Garden of Love by William Blake


"The Garden of Love" is a poem written by William Blake. This poem is perhaps a look into Blake's life on how he saw it. He was in a place where one would hope there to be love. He thought he could see a beautiful chapel, beautiful flowers, and have fun playing everywhere. However, sadly, the chapel was locked, the flowers were tombstones, and there were thorny bushes everywhere.

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This poem is written as three stanzas with four lines in each one. It does not have a rhyme scheme even though "door" and "bore" do rhyme in the second stanza, it's only a coincidence. Each line has eight syllables.


The Garden of Love

I went to the Garden of Love,
And saw what I never had seen:
A Chapel was built in the midst,
Where I used to play on the green.

And the gates of this Chapel were shut,
And "Thou shalt not" writ over the door;
So I turned to the Garden of Love,
That so many sweet flowers bore;

And I saw it was filled with graves,
And tombstones where flowers should be;
And Priests in black gowns were walking their rounds,
And binding with briers my joys and desires.

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 18th Century


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