William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

Why Was Cupid A Boy - Poem by William Blake

Why was Cupid a boy,
And why a boy was he?
He should have been a girl,
For aught that I can see.

For he shoots with his bow,
And the girl shoots with her eye,
And they both are merry and glad,
And laugh when we do cry.

And to make Cupid a boy
Was the Cupid girl's mocking plan;
For a boy can't interpret the thing
Till he is become a man.

And then he's so pierc'd with cares,
And wounded with arrowy smarts,
That the whole business of his life
Is to pick out the heads of the darts.

'Twas the Greeks' love of war
Turn'd Love into a boy,
And woman into a statue of stone--
And away fled every joy.

Comments about Why Was Cupid A Boy by William Blake

  • (2/8/2016 10:45:00 PM)

    It was the Greek's love of war
    Turned love into a boy,
    And woman into a statue of stone-
    And away fled every joy
    Superb imagination with equally superb inference drawn. Thanks for sharing on PH.
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  • Susan Williams (2/8/2016 3:53:00 PM)

    Rather bitter- but I like this poem. There doesn't seem to be a limit to Blake's imagination, no topic too odd for him to take on. Well, talley-ho, Blake, there is always a sly fox leading the hunt. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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