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The Ecchoing Green Summary & Analysis
by William Blake

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William Blake first printed "The Ecchoing Green" in Songs of Innocence, his important 1789 collection. The poem follows one day on the "Ecchoing Green," a village common space where children and the elderly alike gather to play and relax. Through images of old folks remembering their childhoods on a lovely spring day, the poem suggests that human life is just one natural cycle among many: the children who frolic on the green now will one day sit under the old oak tree and watch a new generation play.

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