The Crystal Cabinet Essay

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Poetry Analysis THE CRYSTAL CABINET By William Blake The Maiden caught me in the wild, Where I was dancing merrily; She put me into her Cabinet, And lock'd me up with a golden key. This cabinet is form'd of gold And pearl and crystal shining bright, And within it opens into a world And a little lovely moony night. Another England there I saw Another London with its Tower, Another Thames and other hills, And another pleasant Surrey bower. Another Maiden like herself, Translucent, lovely, shining clear, Threefold each in the other clos'd O, what a pleasant trembling fear! O, what a smile! a threefold smile Fill'd me, that like a flame I burn'd; I bent to kiss the lovely Maid, And found a threefold kiss return'd. I strove to seize the inmost form With ardor fierce and hands of flame, But burst the Crystal Cabinet, And like a weeping Babe became— A weeping Babe upon the wild, And weeping Woman pale reclin'd, And in the outward air again, I fill'd with woes the passing wind. William Blake’s poem The Crystal Cabinet appealed to me because it is exquisite, delicate and so enchanting. The poem itself suggests sometimes complete opposites of character and the interpretation of their appearance. The great usage of adjectives attracts my senses in that way that they are delicate and sensuous. The emphasis on passionate emotions attracts my personal viewpoints. His vision of the world inspires me because it shows the intensity of life. I also enjoy the visual imagery that is portrayed. It is more interesting to read a poem that has some additional meaning and I think that Blake’s poem The Crystal Cabinet gives the reader an opportunity to think outside “the box” and possibly into an unworldly perception. The Crystal Cabinet was composed in 1803. As a poem about love it is beautiful in its own right, but further implications

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