The Ecchoing Green

BY WILLIAM BLAKE

Poem

The sun does arise,

And make happy the skies.

The merry bells ring

To welcome the Spring.

The sky-lark and thrush,

The birds of the bush,

Sing louder around,

To the bells’ cheerful sound.

While our sports shall be seen

On the Ecchoing Green.


Old John, with white hair

Does laugh away care,

Sitting under the oak,

Among the old folk,

They laugh at our play,

And soon they all say.

‘Such, such were the joys.

When we all girls & boys,

In our youth-time were seen,

On the Ecchoing Green.’


Till the little ones weary

No more can be merry

The sun does descend,

And our sports have an end:

Round the laps of their mothers,

Many sisters and brothers,

Like birds in their nest,

Are ready for rest;

And sport no more seen,

On the darkening Green.

Main idea

The poem gives a similar structure to a day. It also shows three different stages of life: childhood, middle age, and old age. Blake compares the human life cycle to day cycle. First, the spring morning brings the energy in childhood. Then the afternoon present middle age and lastly the night represents old age and death. The word "ecchoing" indicates this has happen before and it will keep happening.

Why I choose this poem

I choose this poem, because I really like the meaning of the Poem. I like the whole idea of comparing the human life cycle to day cycle. I like how the guy in second stanza is talking about his childhood in first stanza. I also like how the life cycle is going to keep repeating itself just like a day.

"Cat's In The Cradle"



My child arrived just the other day
He came to the world in the usual way
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
He learned to walk while I was away
And he was talkin' 'fore I knew it, and as he grew
He'd say "I'm gonna be like you, Dad
You know I'm gonna be like you"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home, Dad
I don't know when, but we'll get together then
You know we'll have a good time then

My son turned ten just the other day
He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let's play
can you teach me to throw", I said "Not today
I got a lot to do", he said, "That's ok
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
And said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah
You know I'm gonna be like him"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home, Dad
I don't know when, but we'll get together then
You know we'll have a good time then

Well, he came from college just the other day
So much like a man I just had to say
"Son, I'm proud of you, can you sit for a while"
He shook his head and said with a smile
"What I'd really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
See you later, can I have them please"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home son
I don't know when, but we'll get together then, Dad
You know we'll have a good time then

I've long since retired, my son's moved away
I called him up just the other day
I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind"
He said, "I'd love to, Dad, if I can find the time
You see my new job's a hassle and kids have the flu
But it's sure nice talking to you, Dad
It's been sure nice talking to you"

And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
He'd grown up just like me
My boy was just like me

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man in the moon
When you comin' home son
I don't know when, but we'll get together then, Dad
We're gonna have a good time then

Connection between the song and the poem

I think the song's about life and seeing it pass by. It shows a man talking about his son growing up. And how later his son turns out just like him. It talks about life cycle repeating through the man's son. Even though, the song and the poem talks about different situation, both shows the life cycle from beginning to end. Also how it has been happening for a long time and it will always keep repeating.
Harry Chapin - Cats In The Cradle - Lyrics

Original Poem

Books are the best the things in the world

Even if you don't like them

You need them in everything

They help you gain knowledge in life

And make your brain sharp

They also improve your memory and imaginary

Once you start recognize the truth

You will not be able to stop reading

Your mind can go on adventures that are not real

Books are very entertaining and fun

Once you realize that book are good

You will be more happy in life and smarter too