Tuesday, May 15, 2012

William Blake "A Little Girl Lost" a Feminist Critique

Here is my Critical Analysis on "A Little Girl Lost" by William Blake. I chose to do a feminist critique on the poem; the link is attached below. The essential question that ties to the Feminist Literary Theory is, What does the work say about women's creativity?



  1. Alicia,
    Very good analysis so far. Be careful of the sources that you select; you want to make sure they are reliable. While the second one looks good because it comes from an educational source, I'm no so sure about the reliability of the first source. Be sure to apply the reliability test in the McGraw-Hill handbook to this one before using it in your essay.

  2. I really like the poem as well as the theory question have chosen. Also your analysis so far is very interesting to read. I thought however that some more source ideas to would help you would be to look for what women during that time were like. Also how women used their creativity during that time period and how that affected Blake’s poetry. The society around Blake may have affected his views on women and how he portrayed women in his poetry. I hope that helps you!

  3. I agree with you that this poem has a lot to do with the discrimination of women. But when I read this poem, I also saw a lot of Adam and Eve references. I felt like the "youthful pair" that "met in a garden" after "the holy light had just removed the curtains of the night" was a reference to Adam in Eve in the Garden of Eden. I feel as if this poem was trying to say in "The Golden Age" we could be free of shame and young people along with women will be "bright" and without discrimination. But then Adam and Eve sinned, and the "Father", or God, punished her, and made her feel ashamed. I felt like this poem was to show the discrimination of women within religion. But I felt like your analysis was very well written with a lot of emotion put in it and very well done.

  4. I also see a lot of Adam and Eve references in the text. I also really liked to poem itself. In the beginning of the poem when he says "children of a future age" I believe that he wanted his work to stand the test of time. Also that in the "Golden Age" that he was referencing to later on, maybe when he said "future age" maybe he was trying to say that the "Golden Age" would return again. And he wanted the "children" of that age to remember where they came from. And not to return to there ways.