Blake's A Little Girl Lost. (analysis of a William Blake poem)

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From: The Explicator
Date: 19960322
Author:Trowbridge, Katelin E.

William Blake's 'A Little Girl Lost' blamed the stringent and hypocritical moral standards of society for the eventual degradation of a girl who simply sought to express her sexuality. Blake's social critique was evident when he infused images of light with loving and childlike abandon while darkness was associated with impending doom. His choice of words reflected the changes that transpired before and after the maiden's loss of innocence such as his use of the word 'holy' to denote exaltation and corruption and references to skin color from the purity of white to the weakness of pale.


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