The Little Boy Lost By William Blake Journal Response.
Little Boy Lost is another poem by William Blake. The poem does not give any information about its background setting; it, however, creates a mist of suspense. The poem is about a boy who gets lost in the woods on the thinking that he is following his father. A small boy follows a will-o-the-wisp mistaking it for his father. He found himself alone and frightened in a deep mire of confusion. In the first stanza, the boy pleads with the Father asking him to speak to him and to walk slowly or else he will be loose his way (Martin 5). The boy gets lost in the second stanza; he finds himself alone and cold. He cries, but his father was nowhere to help him.
The poem describes the world experiences and cruelty children are born. Parents are supposed to offer guidance to their children so that they don’t get lost. In the poem, however, the father is all quiet when the boy asks him to speak to him. The father is ignorant and arrogant and turns his back upon the boy and walks too fast for the boy to keep up with the pace. The father is not sympathetic. It is expected that a father is a guardian angel to the child and walk side by side with the child until he can walk alone. In the poem, the father does the exact opposite.
The line in the poem ‘The night was dark, no father was there’, is symbolic. The night is always dark; therefore this line is not making reference to the night, but the world. Father in the poem is an illusion for guidance, the child in the poem is wished for guidance, or otherwise he will be lost. The boy is calling for the guide so that he can choose the right path. The child, however, realizes in the second stanza that there is no father, and he becomes wet with dew. The word dew is a symbolism for materialist pleasure. The last sentence ‘And away the vapor disappears’. Vapor is also symbolic. The child is lost since there is no father to guide him; he gets lost materialistic pleasure and darkness. The vapor is the little righteousness that the child had, at the end of it all the vapor dies away. The poem’s message towards the end when the child is aware of the predicament that he is but has no father to help him, he is but left the wilderness of the world to figure himself out.
Martin, William. “The Unspoken Voice in William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience.” International Journal of Language and Literature: 2013