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To Love or not to Love In William Blakes The Clod and the Pebble the Clod of Clay and the Pebble have opposing views of love The Clod sees love from an optimists view while the Pebble sees love from a pessimists point of view The Clod of Clay sings his verse about love So sung the Clod of Clay 347 This gives a sense of jubilation The idea of song is associated with happiness and glee This gives the impression that the Clod is happy and that the things of which he is singing are also happy The Clod of Clay is also described as Trodden with the cattles feet 347 The Clod has been stepped on though he does not seem to mind The Clod is very optimistic He knows that his purpose is to be stepped on He doesnt resent his place in the world He can see past his purpose and find meaning in his life beyond his job The Clods song about love says love is a wonderful and beautiful thing He says Love seeketh not itself to please Nor for itself hath any care 347 The Clod is saying love is selfless When a person is in love he or she desires only to make his partner happy A person in love wants only the things that his partner desires The Clod sings But for another gives its ease 347 This means someone in love is willing and does give up his simple life of being alone and dealing only with his own needs to share his life with the one he loves When the Clod says And builds a Heaven in Hells despair 347 he means that love can overcome anything Love in the midst of pain and suffering can build a grand palace of happiness and hope The Pebble in the brook has a totally different opinion of love He sees love in the opposite
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