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William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

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Three Things to Remember


A Robin Redbreast in a cage,
Puts all Heaven in a rage.

A skylark wounded on the wing
Doth make a cherub cease to sing.

He who shall hurt the little wren
Shall never be beloved by men.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Freshman - 1,231 Points Tajudeen Shah (11/5/2014 10:38:00 AM)

    ah, what a moral keep announcing its significance, as if some revelations translated. each couplet itself is very much explanatory. each like like an ocean of wisdom for those who think. God bless. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 902 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (11/5/2014 3:06:00 AM)

    The immense value of life is expressed in these three couplets; typical of Blake. Reminded me of 'The Fly' by Blake. Short and sweet, but of immense significance. Love life, preserve life, and respect freedom of other beings. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 378 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/5/2013 2:35:00 AM)

    No wonder, I now find
    Why hell is overpopulated now
    Love for fellow creatures hard to find
    And all our philosophies ring hollow........

    To all ye poets reading this, I welcome you to my page too for your comments please (Report) Reply

  • Rookie J-prof Kayode (11/5/2012 10:22:00 AM)

    nice poem i so much love it, , , , ''ab'' ab rhymtic, , , birds are described as something treasure in nature (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 7,385 Points Sandra Feldman (11/5/2012 1:51:00 AM)

    So beautiful and tender in it's simplicity, in its defense of those fragile feathered, innocent creatures. Gave my heart a flutter (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 294 Points Ramesh T A (11/5/2011 12:29:00 AM)

    Harm to birds of beauty never brings joy to any! Wonderful message about the beauty of freedom metaphorically through birds in Nature by Blake is beautiful read and muse! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Herman Chiu (11/6/2009 7:21:00 PM)

    What can I say - I absolutely love this style, and this poem was done particularly well. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Harmon (11/6/2009 1:48:00 PM)

    Three Things Not to Forget


    A ground up cow tastes like good fun
    when cooked and served upon a bun.

    Some strips of pig will make you beg
    for more beside a chicken egg.

    A turkey, well, is quite a beast
    carved up on one’s Thanksgiving feast. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Andrea Alfani (11/6/2009 12:29:00 PM)

    Tre cose da ricordare


    Un pettirosso in una gabbia,
    Mette tutto il Paradiso nella rabbia.

    Un'allodola ferita sull'ala
    Non fa cessare di cantare un cherubino.

    Chiunque farà male al piccolo scricciolo
    Mai sarà amato dall'uomo.



    Translation by Andrea Alfani (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tracy Owen (11/6/2009 11:19:00 AM)

    Six simple lines to help us remember how humanity works. No good can come of those who do ill. Very well done, complex enough not to insult the intelligent yet a good way of getting tweeners to understand a concept of life. (Report) Reply

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