Spotlight Poetry – The Lily – A poem by William Blake

The image depicts a painting titled White Lilies by the artist Oksana Konovalova-Portnova. The work is a painting of a bouquet of white lilies interspersed with sprays of blue delphinium like flowers on a dark blue / violet background.. and  The image supports the poem The Lily written by the poet William Blake.
© Oksana Konovalova-Portnova, White Lilies,2017

The Lily by William Blake

The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threat’ning horn:

While the Lily white shall in love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.

Poem Attribution © William Blake, The Lily

Source Attribution https://thepoetryhour.com/poems/the-lily

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Painting Attribution © Oksana Konovalova-Portnova, White Lilies,2017

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Spotlight Poetry – A Poison Tree – A poem by William Blake

© Bahadur Singh, Tree of Life VII, 2018

A Poison Tree by William Blake

I was angry with my friend; 
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.

I was angry with my foe: 
I told it not, my wrath did grow. 

And I water’d it in fears,
Night & morning with my tears: 

And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles. 

And it grew both day and night. 
Till it bore an apple bright. 

And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine.
 

And into my garden stole, 
When the night had veil’d the pole; 

In the morning glad I see; 
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

Poem Attribution © William Blake, A Poison Tree

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45952/a-poison-tree

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Painting Attribution © Bahadur Singh, Tree of Life VII, 2018

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Spotlight Poetry – The Smile – A poem by William Blake

© Simon Hopkinson, Moon and Clock, 2007

The Smile by William Blake

There is a Smile of Love 
And there is a Smile of Deceit 

And there is a Smile of Smiles
In which these two Smiles meet 

And there is a Frown of Hate 
And there is a Frown of disdain 

And there is a Frown of Frowns
Which you strive to forget in vain 

For it sticks in the Hearts deep Core 
And it sticks in the deep Back bone 

And no Smile that ever was smil’d 
But only one Smile alone

That betwixt the Cradle & Grave
It only once Smil’d can be 

But when it once is Smil’d 
Theres an end to all Misery 

Poem Attribution © William Blake, The Smile

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47468/the-smile

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Painting Attribution © Simon Hopkinson, Moon and Clock, 2007

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Spotlight Poetry – Ah! Sunflower – A poem by William Blake

Ah! Sunflower by William Blake

Ah Sun-flower! weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the Sun:

Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the travellers journey is done. 

Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow: 
Arise from their graves and aspire, 
Where my Sun-flower wishes to go.

Poem Attribution © William Blake, Ah! Sunflower

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43649/ah-sun-flower

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Painting Attribution © Olha Darchuk, Sunflowers in the Wind, 2019

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Poetry Spotlight – Infant Joy – A poem by William Blake

Infant Joy by William Blake

Poem Attribution © William Blake, Infant Joy

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43665/infant-joy

Painting Attribution © Sophia Hyun, At the Beginning, (Date Unstated)

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