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William Blake’s THE FLY - a poem of introspection

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Little Fly,

Thy summer's play

My thoughtless hand

Has brushed away.


Am not I

A fly like thee?

Or art not thou

A man like me?


For I dance

And drink, and sing,

Till some blind hand

Shall brush my wing.


If thought is life

And strength and breath

And the want

Of thought is death;


Then am I

A happy fly,

If I live,

Or if I die.



The Fly -insights and ideas for interpretation



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Type of Poem = a short philosophical poem consisting of 5 stanzas of 4 lines each (quatrains).

Rhyme Scheme = ABCB - except the final stanza which is AABA.

Meter = the lines are quite short and vary in length between 3 and 4 syllables.

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