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The Clod and the Pebble

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Meridyth Stefhon

on 9 April 2014

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Transcript of The Clod and the Pebble

Literary Devices
Alliteration/ Consonance-
"
S
o
s
ung a little
C
lod of
C
lay"
Structure-
mostly follows Iambic pentameter; however, some lines contain nine syllables.
Diction-
"please" "care" "ease" "heaven" "hell" "bind" "loss" "despite"
Personification-
"So
sung
a little Clod of Clay"
Imagery-
"Trodden with the cattle's feet"
Tone Shift-
Lines 1-6 are upbeat and innocent
Lines 7-12 are pessimistic
Symbolism-
Water = connection between innocence and experience
Pebble= consisting of life experience
Clay= inexperienced and can be molded
Structure-
A variation of parallel structure throughout poem






The Poem
"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 sung a little Clod of Clay,
Trodden with the cattle's feet,
But a Pebble of the brook
Warbled out theses metres meet:

"Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in anothe's loss of ease,
And builds a hell in heaven's despite.
Paraphrase
"Love does not please only itself,
It doesn't have any care for itself either,
But for others caring gives it comfort,
And sheds light on bad times."

Says a Clod of Clay,
Trampled by cow's feet,
But a pebble in the river,
Chants out these things:

"Love only pleases itself,
To hold back others makes it happy,
It finds joy in others discomfort.
And makes a good place bad."



Subject
The subject of "The Clod and the Pebble" is love because the poem talks about two different views on love and focuses on what the self interpretation of love is, and how perspective it can be.
The Clod and the Pebble
By: William Blake
Occasion
The Occasion in which this poem was written was to inform the readers of two different views on love. One of the views is from a Clod of Clay, who had been trampled on his whole life and the other is from a pebble in a peaceful brook. Their views on love are completely different.
Tone, Title , and Speaker
Tone:
The tone of this poem in jovial, cynical and earnest.

Title:
The title of the poem simply provides initial insight to who the poem will include, and what the poem will be about.

Speaker:
The Speaker in the poem is talking in Third person, because no personal remarks are made while providing quotes from two other elements.
Thesis Statement
Paragraph

In the poem In the poem “The Clod and the Pebble,” by William Blake, the shift in tone reveals how life experience can alter perspectives on love. The poem begins with an optimistic and innocent tone while presenting the “little Clod of Clay[‘s]” view of love. The clod of clay’s young and naïve view of love results in its belief that “love seeketh not itself to please” and it “builds a heaven in hell’s despair.” The clod’s confidence in love being selfless and persevering stems from its lack of life experience. The clod of clay’s impression of love reflects the fact that clay is fresh and able to be molded before it is exposed to different elements – or experiences. The shift in tone from optimistic to pessimistic reveals how the pebble’s beliefs differ from the clod’s. The “pebble of the brook” has been shaped by the water, and its experiences. It believes “love seeketh only self to please” which is the opposite of the clod’s belief. The pebble’s negative connotation of love is a consequence of events it has lived through. A lack of life experience results in the clod’s optimistic outlook on love compared to the pebble’s cynical opinions.
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