William Blake

I did not like Blake’s poem A Little Black Boy.  It annoyed me that his soul must be considered white to be pure.  Even with the ending in which it suggests that the speaker “will be like [the white boy]” it still says afterwards “and he will then love me.”  Whatever the outcome, the little black boy is seeking the white boy’s approval and must find happiness in the white boy’s approval.  There is even some worship involved as the black boy “stroke[s] [the white boy’s] silver hair.”  And so there would still be some element of slavery going on within the courts of heaven.

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