Garden of Love Essay
enslave adults in society. Blake is oriented towards playfulness and fun activities and the chapel
symbolizes the opposite of Blake’s desires which is stillness and order. The rhyme scheme of the
first stanza is A-B-C-B. The use of figurative language along with the simple rhyme scheme
combines to offer a soothing effect for the reader. Also, the repetition of "I" in the opening stanza
encourages the reader to trust the poet’s point of view.
“I went to the Garden of Love,
And saw what I never had seen;
A chapel was built in the midst,
Where I used to play on the green.” The tone gradually becomes darker because the experience of the poet’s life becomes more depressing with adulthood. The dark tone begins when the poet returned to the place where he used to play as a child. When he goes there, he notices that a chapel was built in the middle of his internal playground of happiness. He understands that the carefree life he had when he was a child was now replaced by the rigidity of rules. This garden of love symbolized a place of merriment and liberty. As he gets older, he mentions that a chapel was built. This chapel represents all of the rules and regulations that the poet has to adhere to as an adult which takes away his freedom that he once felt as a minor.
“I went to the Garden of Love…
A chapel was built in the