William Blake

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Poetry / PostaDay 2011 / Wisdom
The artist and poet William Blake, who lived i...

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Today I found one of my favourite poems. It speaks to me about not holding on too tightly to the people and things we love. It is called “Eternity”. It is a well known poem by William Blake, written in 1863 and it goes like this:

He who binds himself to a joy

Does the winged life destroy

But he who kisses the joy as it flies

Lives in eternity’s sun rise

When we love someone or something we naturally don’t want to let it go. This can be a person, a relationship, an experience… Holding on too tightly can be destructive, like holding a butterfly in your hand and sqeezing too tightly and its life is destroyed.



  1. Hi Lorraine,

    Great post!I studied William Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’ in sixth form and loved his writing.

    What you say in this post is so true!

    Enjoying the blog!

    Ash x

    • Hi Ashley
      Thanks so much for your kind words. I am pleased you enjoy my blog – it makes it worthwhile when I get nice comments like that 🙂


  2. Very true, wish I knew how to do this! In a similar vein, this is where addiction stems from, the attachment to pleasant sensations.

    • Hi Joel

      I agree with your comment about addiction as well. Sometimes I have had to let go completely and then the freedom comes afterwards.

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