Summarize "The Clod and the Pebble," by William Blake.

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Michael Otis eNotes educator| Certified Educator
William Blake's "The Clod and the Pebble", one of his Songs of Experience published in 1794, is a deceptively simple three-stanza poem. In it the poet personifies a lump of clay which, though trodden underfoot by cattle, nevertheless sings that love is selfless, oblivious to its own needs. In this way of acting, it creates a heaven in the midst of despair. The other voice in the poem is that of a pebble in a brook. Its view is that love is completely self-absorbed. It creates a hell in the midst of heaven. The poet thus leaves the reader with a dilemma: Is being clodlike, trampled upon, yet providing the soil for nurturing the growth of God's kingdom on earth the better choice? Or are the human attractions of selfishness too powerful to overcome, thus consigning this world to despair?
sherandaji | Student

Willam Blake has written This poem as a regard to 2 forms of love, one selfless and another selfish. The first stanza says that the clod is selfless as it allows hi self to be trampled by cattles feet. This contracts with the pebbles point of view when it says that love is only for our own selfish purposes. Just as it says "Build a hell in Heaven's despire" 

well ,this is a general idea of the poem the clod and the pebble.