The Little Black Boy

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  • Created on: 12-04-13 12:34
  • A little black boy muses on his position in the world
  • He tries to explain both Gods purposes and the differences between human beings
  • Very politically written poem, and has its roots in the anti-slavery debates of his times
  • The beginning of the poem suggest the black boy acs upon his presumed subservience to white deals
  • However, the conclusion magnificently undercuts that, suggesting that the black boy too has his place in the scheme of things, and that the white boy might not be able to bear the presence of God without the protection offered by his black brother
  • This poem is one of the few that is written in pentameter, this could be a measure of the seriousness Blake accorded to the subject, or perhaps it…


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