A Visit to William Blake's Inn - Poem 9, "The Wise Cow Makes Way, Room, and Believe" Summary & Analysis

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Poem 9, "The Wise Cow Makes Way, Room, and Believe" Summary

This is a poem with varying rhyme schemes in iambic form. This poem is a delightful play on words. Here is the Rabbit once more in charge, doing various kinds of "making" for the various characters, mainly William Blake, the Wise Cow, and the marmalade man.

In the first stanza, the Rabbit calls the familiar phrase usually reserved for royalty and the rich, "Make Way!" He wants people to make way for William Blake, the good poet. The Wise Cow doesn't actually know how to make something she's never seen, which is somehow "way." All she knows is grass and hay, so she figures she will have to make "way" out of those things. Perhaps, it will be a nest made...

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