William Blake tackles the theme of love with two opposite ideas about it. He expresses his ideas through personification.
In the first stanza, Blake uses a clod of clay to express his positive ideas about love. She’s flexible and positive. She also represents innocence because, as she’s very new as a material, the author uses her to represent that she does not have experience with love so she explains her expectations. Her idea about it is that love is good, loyal and turns you into positive: “And it builds a heaven in hell’s despair”: In this line, Blake shows with hyperbolic language that when someone is selfish and negative, when you find love it turns you into positive, generous and gives you happiness.
In the third stanza, Blake uses a pebble to express his negative ideas about love. He’s pessimistic and harsh. He also represents experience because, as it has lots of years as a material, the writer uses him to represent that he’s experienced in love so in the poem he tells his opinion about it. His idea about it is that love is selfish, negative and makes you suffer, “Love seeketh only self to please”. In this quotation we can see that, through the personification of a pebble, Blake now is expressing that love is selfish, it only searches satisfying oneself.
In conclusion, Blake tackles the theme of love expressing two opposite ideas about it, using the personifications of a clod of clay, who symbolizes innocence, and a pebble, that symbolizes experience.