A Little Girl Lost

Songs of Innocence and of Experience, object 52 (Bentley 51, Erdman 51, Keynes 51) “A Little GIRL Lost”

 

The images consist of the colors black, shades of yellow, a burst of a running pink and a splash of blue in between segments of black. When Blake says “the Age of Gold”, you can see the color/shade of gold behind the word “gold”. Two lines below, Blake mentions the word “bright,” “light” and “sunny,” which are imagery words for the color yellow. The yellow lines appear brighter and seem to branch from the tree. The birds in this plate seem to have a dullness of color at the top then towards the bottom gain more color (black). The tree in this image is brown and has splashes of black running down to the bottom.

 

Songs of Innocence and of Experience, object 53 (Bentley 51, Erdman 51, Keynes 51) “A Little GIRL Lost”

 

Unlike the other image, in comparison, this image has the color yellow distributed across the plate. I interpreted this as, Blake is trying to give guidance and shine light for the lost child. The first stanza is completely yellow, the second and third stanzas has blue, pink and some yellow but only on the right side where the tree is. Also in this plate, the birds are of color are also dull at the top and become darker at the bottom of the plate. Unlike the first plate, the birds have a blue-ish color throughout the entire plate. If you eliminate the words and the objects and leave just the color in the plate, you’ll see the sun, the sky, the water, land and grass. The sun is shining from the far right side and below you have the water, then land and at the very bottom you have a little bit of grass on the left hand side of the image. Although in this image we see lots of color, the tree only has one color, black.

One thought on “A Little Girl Lost

  1. jdwilner says:

    This is an interesting pair of plates to focus on since the coloring makes such a different impression in each, even though they both have some color. There are nice touches in both your descriptions, for example, “a burst of a running pink” in the first description or the sentence in the second description, “If you eliminate the words and the objects and leave just the color in the plate, you’ll see the sun, the sky, the water, land and grass.” I actually don’t think the image quite supports what you’re saying (in particular, I think the blue, which starts high up, reads as “sky”), but it’s an interesting thought because it brings together the four elements – earth, air, fire (the sun), and water – and it’s very well expressed.

    There are still problems here and there with your wording. For example, I find the phrase “imagery words for the color yellow” hard to process, though I get the general idea. I think you have good instincts as a writer but, as I suggested before, I’d like to see you slow down some and edit more carefully.

    P.S. I’m glad to see you loaded the images into your “gallery,” but you still need to insert them in the post. It’s not required, but it would enhance the post. See if you can do it – if your stumped, let me know.

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