The echoing green by William Blake, taken from his songs of innocence is a beautiful shortpoem black expresses the joy and innocence of the children’s early experiences of life. “The echoing green” begins with a short description of a grassy field on a warm day in spring. The sun shines brightly. The sky looks beautiful. Pleasant sounds of bells come from the nearby church. Songs birds sing cheerfully. The sounds of bell and the songs of the birds merge into a beautiful melody worthy of the season of spring. The old people of the village sit under the trees in the green while on the green young innocent children play their favorite games. The children are happy and excited. They have not yet tested the grief and disappointment that life will bring them later years. They are young and healthy. The beautiful village green, the birds and the spring are all theirs. The old people watch their children play happily on the green and thing of the happy days of their childhood. They, too, had played on the same green and had their share of joy and excitements which only young children can experience. Then the evening comes. Children grow tired. They return home to rest in the laps of their sisters and mothers. The village green is deserted and dark.
Many of William Blake’s short poems appear very simple, but there are hidden depths to his work
The Ecchoing Green is a detailed exploration on the cycle of life. Blake uses natural imagery to compensate for the natural growth in a person, physically and mentally.
The spring represents the life. Morning is the beginning of life and the dark evening is the end. This poem is a blend of child like innocence and grayness of later years. It is symbolic and draws a contrast between youth and old age. Blake has expressed broad meaning of the playground. The children are carefree and they are not surrounded by any kind of worries because worries are associated with old age and pleasures with childhood
The poem follows the structure of a day— 'the sun does arise' in the beginning of the first verse, and 'the sun does descend' in the middle of the third verse. The poem is the contrast of innocence and experience, but also the contrast between perception of joys and sorrows. What is happening on the Green will happen again, shown by the 'old folk' who watch the children and reminisce about their own childhood on the Green. The whole poem is written in 6 sentences with much repetition. The poem could also be attributed to the life of a person— birth, life, death.