A Visit to William Blake's Inn - Study Guide Poem 7, "The Wise Cow Enjoys a Cloud" Summary & Analysis

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Poem 7, "The Wise Cow Enjoys a Cloud" Summary

In this very short poem, someone is talking to a wise cow. From the illustration, the reader may surmise that the questioner is William Blake himself. The cow is standing up in the clouds, perhaps having just jumped over the Moon. The questioner asks where the wise cow slept last night. The cow replies in stanzas two and three that she slept by catching her horns on a rolling cloud and making herself a bed. In the morning, she ate the cloud up on freshly buttered bread.

Poem 7, "The Wise Cow Enjoys a Cloud" Analysis

The scansion is a combination of anapestic and iambic rhythms. It consists of three little couplets with the second line of each rhyming with all the other second lines. It is a simple, sweet conceit. The cloud says...

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