Asked • 08/18/19

Why is the robin "sobbing"?

Blake's "The Blossom", part of his *Songs of Innocence* [which you can read online](http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1934/1934-h/1934-h.htm), is a very short poem about a sparrow and a robin. The part about the robin reads as follows:> Pretty, pretty robin! Under leaves so green A happy blossom Hears you sobbing, sobbing, Pretty, pretty robin, Near my bosom.**Why is the robin "sobbing"?** Apart from that it (almost) rhymes with "robin", of course. Do the birds in this poem symbolise something else, perhaps something human? The part about a "cradle narrow" made me think of a baby, which could also fit with "sobbing", but then what's the difference between the sparrow and the robin - do they symbolise two different babies, or what?

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