Love’s Secret, by William Blake


Love’s Secret

Never seek to tell thy love,
Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind does move
Silently, invisibly.

I told my love, I told my love,
I told her all my heart;
Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears,
Ah! she did depart!

Soon as she was gone from me,
A traveler came by,
Silently, invisibly
He took her with a sigh.

William Blake
William Blake was born in London, England on November 28, 1757. He was mostly educated by his mother at home and sought inspiration through the bible. At an early age, Blake claimed to have “visions”. Seeing God’s head and even the prophet Ezekiel sitting under a tree full of angels.
As a young adolescent, Blake became an artist. He loved gothic art and gained an apprenticeship at the London Society of Antiquaries where he drew pictures of grave yards and tombs, etc. He later graduated the apprenticeship and became an artist. He did not only draw, he sculpted and also wrote poems, as you can tell.
In 1782 he married an illiterate woman named Catherine Sophia Boucher. Blake taught her how to read, write, and draw. He even taught her how to have visions! She totally supported her husband in everything.
Blake had many accomplishments in life, countless artifacts, engravings, paintings, and poems. Unfortunately, Blake was very unappreciated in his lifetime. However, after his death in1827, more people started to love his work. Now he is the famous artist we know today.
My Thoughts:
This poem is beautiful, in my opinion. In the beginning, he is almost warning us of love and that we should not confess it. Then he goes on to explain why through his experience. She, his lover, was afraid and upset when she found out how he felt so she left him. Later, someone else comes a long “silently, invisibly” and takes her away.
I think it is very moving because love is a very strong emotion. You need a lot of courage to express how you feel to the one you love. Also I think that a lot of people are afraid of love. So they may run from commitment and from the people who care about them. However, if someone comes a long, and does not try to define what it is they have, then before you know it you could be in love. Without even realizing it or wanting it, it can truly take you “with a sigh”.

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