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The Little Girl Found (Poem with explaination)

 'The Little Girl Found" by William Blake is taken from his "Songs of Experience". 

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The little girl found (poem)

 All the night in woe 
Lyca's parents go
 Over valleys deep, 
While the deserts weep. 

Tired and woe-begone, 
Hoarse with making moan,
Arm in arm, seven days 
They traced the desert ways. 

 Seven nights they sleep
 Among shadows deep, 
And dream they see their child
 Starved in desert wild.

 Pale through pathless ways
 The fancied image strays, 
Famished, weeping, weak,
 With hollow piteous shriek.

 Rising from unrest,
 The trembling woman pressed 
With feet of weary woe; 
She could no further go.

 In his arms he bore 
Her,armed with sorrow sore; 
Till before their way 
A couching lion lay.

 Turning back was vain: 
Soon his heavy mane 
Bore them to the ground, 
Then he stalked around,

Smelling to his prey; 
But their fears allay
 When he licks their hands,
 And silent by them stands. 

They look upon his eyes, 
Filled with deep surprise; 
And wondering behold 
A spirit armed in gold.

On his head a crown, 
 On his shoulders down 
Flowed his golden hair. 
Gone was all their care.

'Follow me,' he said; 
 'Weep not for the maid;
In my palace deep, 
Lyca lies asleep.' 

Then they followed
 Where the vision led, 
And saw their sleeping child
 Among tigers wild. 

To this day they dwell 
In a lonely dell, 
Nor fear the wolvish howl
 Nor the lion's growl

Explaination of poem ( The little girl found)

The poem expresses grief and pain which life brings to .human beings. Lyca is a little innocent'' girl. Her parents lose her .They think that she has lost the way home and is wandering in some forest or desert. They go out to search for her. They are in great pain and misery. They search for her in the vast desert. In these lines the poet says that the parents of the small girl Lyca felt much grieved when their daughter was lost. 
They went out in search of her. They got tired. Their throats became hoarse with weeping. They searched for their lost daughter in the vast desert for seven days.Their imagination brings them fearful pictures of their daughter dying of thirst and hunger in some pathless desert.

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 Their search continues for seven days and seven nights. One morning they meet a large fearsome  tiger. They are terrified. The tiger, however, does not harm them. He takes them to his cave where they find lyca asleep among the wild beasts. They decide to live there in the valley with their daughter and wild beasts .The poem is not a simple story of a girl lost and found .
It has a strange fairytale-like atmosphere, and can be explained in various ways. The most satisfactory explanation could be that Lyca is dead .Her parents cannot bear the loss of their child. In giief and pain they waste away and die.
 Facing death is a terrible experience. But death (the tiger) proves kind and reunites them with their daughter in the next world. Perhaps Blake wishes to say that fear and suffering are caused by ignorance. 
Man is ignorant of the true knowledge of real life. He cannot see beyond the common meaning ot things. This brings him grief and suffering. Further, the poet says that the parents of Lyca met a tiger in the desert. It looked fearful. But it took them to its den where Lyca was safe and sound. In fact, the tiger is death which unites the Parents to their daughter who is already dead.

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