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.
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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Romanticism, 18th Century