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    'come and rejoice like lambs round my golden tent'.

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    For when our souls have learned the heat to bear,
    The cloud will vanish; we shall hear his voice,
    Saying: "Come out from the grove, my love & care,
    And round my golden tent like lambs rejoice."
    The word order in prose would be: "Come out from the grove, my love and care, and rejoice round my golden tent like lambs."

    In other words, the "souls" will rejoice round his "golden tent" like lambs skipping round their mother.

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    Default Re: round a tent

    (Sorry, Bianca, I didn't see that you'd already answered.)

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    And what would the golden tent metaphorically mean? Is it paradise?

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    A reference to the Bible ? lambs , golden and tent

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    Default Re: round a tent

    it is His home - he is/spreads light, there can be some analogy between light and gold(en). Gold suggets also smth most valuable, perfection. however, there's a huge contrast between His humble abode (a mere tent) and the golden shimmer it has - it is a symbolical picture, a non-verbal image, a trope. Metonymy, I suppose.
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    there is also the golden idol....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    it is His home - he is/spreads light, there can be some analogy between light and gold(en). Gold suggets also smth most valuable, perfection. however, there's a huge contrast between His humble abode (a mere tent) and the golden shimmer it has - it is a symbolical picture, a non-verbal image, a trope. Metonymy, I suppose.
    thank you bianca. Text analyzing is already your forte.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    Saying "Come out from the grove, my love and care,
    And round my golden tent like limbs rejoice
    ."
    (from The Little Black Boy by William Blake)

    What does to round a tent mean? Does it just mean to build a tent up?
    You need to look at more than just those few words - this is poetry! Poetry in particular, and literature in general, is not written to communicate. It is written to entertain, and maintaining the grammar is quite low on the list of priorities. Effect, metre, prosody, etc. are more important and if that means distorting the grammar then so be it.


    "The cloud will vanish, we shall hear His voice,
    Saying, 'Come out from the grove, my love and care
    And round my golden tent like lambs rejoice',"

    Not the capital on 'His'; God is saying those words - "Come out from the grove, my love and care And round my golden tent like lambs rejoice"

    How do lambs rejoice? They skip around, jump, and prance; the word is 'gambol'. God is saying ' come out of the grove and dance round my tent like lambs'

    The use of lambs is religious symbolism, and the golden tent is symbolising glory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Whitehead View Post
    You need to look at more than just those few words - this is poetry! Poetry in particular, and literature in general, is not written to communicate. It is written to entertain, and maintaining the grammar is quite low on the list of priorities. Effect, metre, prosody, etc. are more important and if that means distorting the grammar then so be it.


    "The cloud will vanish, we shall hear His voice,
    Saying, 'Come out from the grove, my love and care
    And round my golden tent like lambs rejoice',"

    Not the capital on 'His'; God is saying those words - "Come out from the grove, my love and care And round my golden tent like lambs rejoice"

    How do lambs rejoice? They skip around, jump, and prance; the word is 'gambol'. God is saying ' come out of the grove and dance round my tent like lambs'

    The use of lambs is religious symbolism, and the golden tent is symbolising glory.
    I understand. But I must confess I didn't expect to find a tent in such a poem. All other words are clearly Buble images but what does the tent has to do with those images?
    It looks to me like a transposition of Bible images into a modern setting.

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