Analysis of Night

William Blake 1757 (Soho) – 1827 (London)

The sun descending in the west,
The evening star does shine;
The birds are silent in their nest,
And I must seek for mine.
The moon, like a flower,
In heaven's high bower,
With silent delight
Sits and smiles on the night.

Farewell, green fields and happy groves,
Where flocks have took delight.
Where lambs have nibbled, silent moves
The feet of angels bright;
Unseen they pour blessing,
And joy without ceasing,
On each bud and blossom,
And each sleeping bosom.

They look in every thoughtless nest,
Where birds are covered warm;
They visit caves of every beast,
To keep them all from harm.
If they see any weeping
That should have been sleeping,
They pour sleep on their head,
And sit down by their bed.

When wolves and tigers howl for prey,
They pitying stand and weep;
Seeking to drive their thirst away,
And keep them from the sheep.
But if they rush dreadful,
The angels, most heedful,
Receive each mild spirit,
New worlds to inherit.

And there the lion's ruddy eyes
Shall flow with tears of gold,
And pitying the tender cries,
And walking round the fold,
Saying, 'Wrath, by His meekness,
And, by His health, sickness
Is driven away
From our immortal day.

'And now beside thee, bleating lamb,
I can lie down and sleep;
Or think on Him who bore thy name,
Graze after thee and weep.
For, washed in life's river,
My bright mane for ever
Shall shine like the gold
As I guard o'er the fold.'

Poetic Form
Metre 01010001 010111 01110011 011111 011010 010110 11001 101101 1110101 111101 11110101 011101 011110 010110 111010 011010 110100101 111101 110111001 111111 1111010 111110 111111 011111 11010111 1100101 10111101 011101 111110 01011 011110 111010 01010101 111111 01000101 010101 101111 011110 11001 1100101 0101111 111101 11111111 110101 110110 111110 11101 1111001
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 1,472
Words 255
Sentences 12
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8
Lines Amount 48
Letters per line (avg) 23
Words per line (avg) 5
Letters per stanza (avg) 181
Words per stanza (avg) 42
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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William Blake

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