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The Little Boy Lost by William Blake


"The Little Boy Lost" is a poem written by William Blake. This poem is about a child's father leaving him. He is left in sadness and tears. The first stanza could be interpreted as the father leaving when the child is still young while the second stanza could refer to the child still mourning his father's loss later in life.

This poem is written as two stanzas with fou lines in each. It is rhymed as ABCB. The odd lines are written in nine syllables while the even are written in six. It is written in trochaic feet.


The Little Boy Lost

"Father! father! where are you going?
O do not walk so fast.
Speak, father, speak to your little boy,
Or else I shall be lost."

The night was dark, no father was there;
The child was wet with dew;
The mire was deep, & the child did weep,
And away the vapour flew.

(from Songs of Innocence, 1791)

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 18th Century

Father, Sadness, Childhood, Death

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