Heya, first post here, so just a quick hello to everyone.

Anyway, my reason for posting here, is concerning the poems Little Boy Lost, and little boy found (i shall post them under my main body of text).
The poems are evidently about a father that seemingly neglects his child, and leaves him behind in an unusual and harsh landscape. The boy then finds rescue and saftey in the form of a "wandering light", which leads him back to his mother (or his mother to him), thus concluding the two poems.
On a spiritual level (the author was apparently interested in mysticism) the poem is about how God will always find you and help you out of a dark and seemingly hopeless situation - hence, the boy represents the fear and uncertainty in all of us - however, there is another context i'm trying to apply the poems to, and that context is the industrial revolution, which was occuring around the times these poems were written.
Could The little boy represent old Britain, pre-industrial revolution, and the father represent the new Britain, forgetting its roots and heritage?
However, in order for this analogy to work, the mother and the wandering light (God) have to be implemented into it as well - so could i have any suggestions as to where they fit in?

Little Boy lost, followed by little boy found. (both 2 stanza poems)

Father father, where are you going?
Oh do not walk so fast!
Speak father, speak to your little boy
Or else I shall be lost.'

The night was dark, no father was there,
The child was wet with dew;
The mire was deep, and the child did weep,
And away the vapour flew.


The little boy lost in the lonely fen,
Led by the wand'ring light,
Began to cry; but God, ever nigh,
Appeared like his father in white.

He kissed the child, and by the hand led,
And to his mother brought,
Who in sorrow pale, through the lonely dale
Her little boy weeping sought.

again, thank you.
Hello Rogue, welcome to EF!

Your interpretation is interesting; but it's a kind of paradox to say that the little boy represents the "roots and heritage", whereas the father represents the "new Britain". It might be more usual for a child to represent the new, in such a allegory! (By the way, I wouldn't say that the wandering light – a typical "will o' the wisp" – leads him to safety: rather, it seems to be leading him astray.)

It might be worth considering that these poems appear in the Songs of Innocence: in other words, although it may seem that Blake is presenting a certain sentiment (e.g. that God will always find you and help you out of a dark situation), he has already labelled the poems as "innocent" (i.e. they are appropriate to a child's view of things). There also seems to be an element of parody in these poems (cf. the poems and hymns of his predecessors Ambrose Phillips and Isaac Watts, which can easily be googled up).

I don't know whether you also have a copy of the Songs of Experience; but there you'll find two poems called The Little Girl Lost and The Little Girl Found. These are complementary to the Little Boy poems, and give a somewhat different impression. I would not say that Blake intends the poems in Experience as corrections of those in Innocence, though; rather, they're to be taken together.

You may also find it useful to look at the paintings by Blake that go with the poems: sometimes these are more revealing than the text.

Thanks for the welcome MrPedantic!

i see your point on the paradox of the young boy representing the "roots and heritage", and the father representing the new, the modern, but it does make sense in this way. Old Britain wasn't that technologically advanced, and fairly basic and innocent in comparison to the new industrialised Britain - which was much more complex, and required more expertise. Now, it would be safe to assume that the father had more expertise than the child, which lead me to the assumption that the father represented the industrialised Britain.
Also, it's a little more contrived to say that the old, wisened Britain is abandoning the new, youthful Britain. In my view anyway.

As for your comment on the wandering light, thanks for pointing out that the light is leading the boy astray - my interpretation of the text was that the light was leading the boy to God.

I don't have too much time to google up the paintings and the LGL/LGF poems right now, as i'm busy preparing for my english literature exam tommorow, but if i have any spare time after going through Heany's poems, Clarke's poems, and all the symbols and themes of Lord of the flies, then i'll give it a shot.

Again, thank you!