The Little Black Boy By William Blake Essay

752 Words Sep 27th, 2015 4 Pages
Between the sixteenth century and the eighteenth century slavery was an important issue written about in British literature, especially in a lot of pieces of poetry. In William Blake’s, “The Little Black Boy”, and “The Sorrows of Yamba” by Hannah More readers will find that both are anti-slavery poems. Both authors wrote about slavery but the way that the issue is addressed through their poetry is completely different. Differences in racial stereotyping, religion, gender of main characters, and what the future has in store for the characters all make for a good contrast in comparison to the anti-slavery similarity. In “The Little Black Boy”, Blake makes the poem appear to be full of innocence. The reason that this happens is because the author depicts the black characters as naïve and child like. Blake talks about the burden the boy and his mother struggle with from having black skin when he writes, “ And these black bodies and this sun-burnt face / Is but a cloud, and like a shady grove.” (The Little Black Boy 15-16). This line shows the desire that both the son and the mother have to be separate from anything that has to do with race. The boy also talks about how he cannot wait to get to heaven where this is no such thing as race and everyone can learn to love one another without having to be the same skin color. He says, “When I from black and he from white cloud free / And round the tent of God like lambs we joy” (The Little Black Boy 23-24). This poem makes the…

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