This one is taken from Blake’s collection of illustrated poems
“Songs of Innocence and Experience” which was published in two series.
Series 1 ◇ Songs of Innocence ◇ 19 poems
Series 2 ◇ Songs of Experience ◇ 26 poems
The clod and pebble is part of the second series which highlights contrasting states of human soul while the clod perceives love as selfless, altruistic the pebble feels it’s selfish, narcissistic.
The clod symbolises Innocence —hope, sacrifice, romance.
The pebble is Experience —practical, pragmatic, rational.
Life shows us both emotions and in many ways, we are no different from the pebble nor the clod sometimes experiencing love in all its glory other times the road gets rocky and difficult.What matters, in the end, is being able to strike a balance between reality and utopia.
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 these metres meet
Love seeketh only self to please,
To bind another to Its delight,
Joys in another’s loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heaven’s despite.
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