The Angel Poem by William Blake

The Angel

Rating: 3.2


I dreamt a dream! What can it mean?
And that I was a maiden Queen
Guarded by an Angel mild:
Witless woe was ne'er beguiled!

And I wept both night and day,
And he wiped my tears away;
And I wept both day and night,
And hid from him my heart's delight.

So he took his wings, and fled;
Then the morn blushed rosy red.
I dried my tears, and armed my fears
With ten-thousand shields and spears.

Soon my Angel came again;
I was armed, he came in vain;
For the time of youth was fled,
And grey hairs were on my head.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Michael Pruchnicki 19 November 2011

Let me offer a revised and improved version of my first comment posted 6/14/09, I meant to say that the speaker in the 'The Angel' withheld a secret of a shameful deed from the heavenly visitor. And it's not 'Willie's' feminine side that he is ashamed of, but whatever it is it bothers him no end! Where some of you get your notions from leaves me befuddled at times!

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Michael Pruchnicki 14 June 2009

I dreamed a dream that I was a virgin queen guarded by a messenger sent from God to protect me and guide me. My angel soothed my fears at first, but I hid secret delights from him. The secrecy grew and festered in me like a deadly growth which the angel recognized and at once withdrew. The rosy red of dawn revealed and brought to light my secret sins. I withdrew behind a defensive position, fortified and armed against a divine incursion into my secret realm. When the messenger appeared again, he realized the futility of his mission, for my youth had fled and I had fallen into the sere of life - all was withered and gray.I had chosen to reject God's good graces and denied access to the divine messenger with the good news.

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Chinwe Robert 14 June 2011

It is just... Soothing

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poetryluvr101 16 March 2018

I couldn't agree more, Chinwe!

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Kevin Straw 14 June 2010

In this poem the Poet (not necessarily the biographical Blake) denies himself the feminine side that would have made him whole. He sees himself in a dream as female and weeps to be depicted so. But though he weeps he knows his heart’s delight would be to incorporate that element into his psyche, yet keeps that secret from the mild Angel, and loses the opportunity. As he grows older he fortifies himself against this female side, and again given the opportunity to balance his nature, is so set in his masculinity that the Angel comes in vain. Perhaps Blake here is emphasising the need to balance the Yin and the Yang in the human psyche.

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S. Wesley Mcgranor 14 February 2021

Hopefully she likes, or will tolerate grey hair, or does not discriminate against it.

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Dr Antony Theodore 22 November 2020

I dreamt a dream! What can it mean? And that I was a maiden Queen Guarded by an Angel mild: Witless woe was ne'er beguiled! imagination as dream. tony

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Kaniamudhu Shanmugam 10 January 2020

The Angel that came found me old and was disappointed

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Mahtab Bangalee 23 May 2019

soon, very soon the angel come and take me away though sleeping..........

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Varsha M 12 May 2019

Blessed to have such poets. Beautifully woven words that pierce the heart.

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