A Comparison Of Blake's Treatment Of His Subject In "Songs Of Innocence" With That In "Songs Of Experience".

1112 words - 4 pages

A comparison of Blake's treatment of his subject in "Songs of Innocence" with that in "Songs of Experience".William Blake is a poet of the Pre-Romantic era. He is one of the poets who set the path for Romanticism, where poets emphasized on emotions, they believed in the power of imagination and experimented with new ideas and concepts. Blake was a mystical poet and he felt that he was in communion with supernatural powers and with God.The Songs of Innocence and the Songs of Experience, a series of lyrics, were first published as a combined volume in 1794, although the Songs of Innocence were first written in 1789, and the Songs of Experience in 1793-'94.The "Songs" are a set of thematically related lyrics organised by a general principle of wishing to show the juxtaposition between the state of Innocence (seen from the eyes of youth) and that of Experience (seen from an adult perspective).There are two aspects of Blake as a poet; one being the simplicity, depth of meaning and profundity as seen in the Songs of Innocence. In the Songs of Innocence, there is an idealistic point of view. They are poems, which have hope in life, and the world is seen from the eyes of a child. These poems emphasise on naïve world, unexposed to the evils and corruption. There is a feeling that ' God is in heaven, all is well in the world.' The mood in these poems is cheerful, joyous and bright. The second aspect deals with the disillusionment in human life. In the Songs of Experience, a great deal of emphasis is laid on social criticism, world-weariness, and combination of energy and violence. The mood in these poems is that of fear and instability.Blake's own summary description of the Songs of Innocence and Experience, that they show "Two Contrary States of the Human Soul" offers perhaps the best way of approaching this thematically organised set of lyrics. "Innocence" and "Experience" are, for Blake, two complementary but also conflicting states of the human soul, and states within all of Creation: neither is "better" than the other, and both are necessary to the other.In the Songs of Innocence, there is a sense of divine immediacy and love, that there is an all-pervading presence of God. This is seen in "The Lamb". This poem shows a tremendous sacrifice made on God's part for all mankind. It illustrates God's great love for mankind. "The Lamb" depicts the faith of a child; there is no doubt in the child's mind as compared to the perplexed speculations of an adult in "The Tiger". In "The Lamb" we can see the God of love and compassion whereas in "The Tiger" we see the God of experience, the God who is wrathful, who is not as benevolent as the God seen in the Songs of Innocence. Forces of fear, terror and destruction in the Songs of Experience replace the sense of security in the Songs of Innocence. The ferocity of the tiger is contrasted with the innocence of the lamb. The treatment of the subject matter and theme is simple in the Songs of Innocence and it is...

Find Another Essay On A comparison of Blake's treatment of his subject in "Songs of Innocence" with that in "Songs of Experience".

Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience demonstrate both the contrary states of innocence and experience and Blake's social criticism.

3720 words - 15 pages children whose song is a "trembling cry."Is that trembling cry a song?Can it be song of joy?And so many children poor?Is it a land of poverty! (5-8)As this way the poet entertains questions about the children as victims of cruelty and injustice. This is one of the poems in Songs of Innocence and Experience that best show Blake's incisiveness as a social critic.In this manner through the use of two categories of poetry, which shows two contrary

William Blakes Poems: Songs Of Innocence and Songs Of Experience

643 words - 3 pages William Blake, artist and poet of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, lived in a time when there were no child labor or abuse laws in London. William Blake wrote his poems on Chimneysweepers, or in other terms, child slaves, who were forced up chimneys to clean. As an artist, William Blake illustrated every one of his poem covers with dramatic detail. William Blake's two poems, "Songs of Innocence" and "Songs of Experience," are both

William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience

1340 words - 5 pages interpreted in the “Sick Rose”. William Blake could be characterized as an antinomian. He was a person who based his own religion and morality based on personal experiences with God, or a higher power (Notes, 6/27). His individualistic approach to life can be seen in his modernizing work Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. One of the more difficult works of Blake to assess is the pair of poems Holy Thursday. The first and most

The Passsge from Innocence to Experience in Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake

1525 words - 6 pages lost his innocence, as that he has gained experience. Blake passes from the Piper in Songs of Innocence to the Bard in Songs of Experience much in the same manner he did with the Lamb and the Tyger. In the Songs of Innocence, the Lamb is a powerful symbol of innocence. It is youth; it is white; it is innocent and gentle. In contrast, the Tyger is a symbol of experience. It is cunning, deceitful and cruel. The images from the Songs

William Blake's The Chimney Sweep and Songs of Innocence and Experience

2111 words - 8 pages a heaven of our misery." Whereas in Songs of Innocence the chimney sweep is innocent of his bad treatment, has obvious joy at the prospect of Heaven and accepts that his role as a chimney sweep must be endured to earn a place in Heaven. 'And the Angel told Tom, if he'd be a good boy, . He'd have God for his father & never want joy.' Both versions of the Chimney Sweep use imagery. In Experience the sweep is described as, 'A

BLAKE, Songs of innocence and Experience: From reading of the 'Songs', to what extent do you find Blake a man of his time?

1054 words - 4 pages where he enforces this in this poem is on line four 'Marks of Weakness, marks of woe' which means the people (London) allow themselves to be controlled by commerce. The word 'marks' is also repeated in this sentence twice and once earlier on; this is a politician's method to repeat the same word three times to enforce his subject. The phrase 'charter'd street' in the first line suggests that every street is filled with commerce and instead of a

Comparison of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell and The Songs of Innocence & Experience

1776 words - 7 pages Blake’s “The Songs of Innocence & Experience” and “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” play an important role in the age of romanticism and important step in romantic poetry. Looking at the two pieces as a comparison, it can be seen that Blake used two different pieces to question traditional institutions. Blake questions institutionalized religion with “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” and questions the industrialized age with “The Songs of

A Comparison of Micro and Macro Songs

1479 words - 6 pages ” ("Lyrics007: Dave Matthews," 2010) and continue with quotations intended to depict an old man telling a young person his story about the death of innocence. This is an example of social learning theory. The central notion of social learning theories is that people learn new attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors through social interaction, especially during childhood. The old man is teaching a younger person his attitude and beliefs regarding growing

Comparing the Lamb and the Tyger in In Songs of Innocence

832 words - 3 pages innocence becomes separated and exiled once experience has tainted the soul. William Blake conveys this theory in his work, Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul. In Songs of Innocence, a childlike vision is conveyed through William Blake's clever use of speakers with their varying perspectives and questions. In this first set of poems, Blake often uses a child as the speaker, questioning the

What have you understood to be the relationship between innocence and experience in Blake's Songs? Support your discussion with appropriate illustration from the poems.

2786 words - 11 pages "black things".Blake's Songs prove his statement that innocence and experience are "the two contrary states of the human soul", the relationship between the two is always opposition: innocence is meek and suffering while experience is fierce and dark but experience accepts and understands life as it is while innocence amuses in everything, it is united with nature. The Godly innocence is the human form divine. Sometimes the bond between innocence

William Blake. Discusses his poems from Songs of Innocence: 'The Little Girl Lost,' 'The Little Girl Found' and 'The Chimney Sweeper.' The other poems, from The Songs of Experience: 'The Chimney Sw

1989 words - 8 pages William Blake's works include many of which relate to the role and interest of many figures of children and caretakers who appear in Songs of Innocence and Experience. The poems I will be discussing in this thesis are, from the Songs of Innocence: 'The Little Girl Lost,' 'The Little Girl Found' and 'The Chimney Sweeper.' All of which show caretakers in a good light. The other poems, from The Songs of Experience: 'The Chimney Sweeper,' 'NURSE'S

Similar Essays

Social Criticism In William Blake's Songs Of Innocence And Experience

903 words - 4 pages oppression is a self-perpetuating cycle.       Blake expresses in "The Chimney Sweeper'; that humankind is not part of the solution but part of the problem. Here Blake believes that humankind rips away the innocence of a child with the practice of child labor. The image of a "black'; child suggests that it is covered in filth and soot because he is forced by society to do his or her duty as a chimneysweeper. The child then helplessly cries "weep, weep

Comparison Of Blake's "Songs Of Innocence And Songs Of Experience" Both Poems Included

2608 words - 10 pages when he composed the Songs of Innocence that he had already envisioned a second set of opposed poems incorporating 'Experience'.Therefore, when reading the 'Innocence' poems, don't think that they have a link to the 'Experience' poems. However, since the 'Experience' poems were composed after the 'Innocence' poems, keep in mind while reading them that they are twined with the 'Innocence' poems.The 'Innocence' poems were Blake's perception of the

In The Songs Of Innocence And Songs Of Experience Blake Conveys His

1316 words - 5 pages In the Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience Blake conveys his thoughts and feelings about the treatment of the children of the poor How does Blake convey his thoughts and feelings about the treatment of children of the poor in England of his day? In your answer, either make detailed use of one or two of his poems or range widely across the songs. In the Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience Blake conveys his thoughts and

A Detailed Study Of William Blake's 'songs Of Innocence And Experience' In Relation To The Principles Of The Pastoral Convention.

1642 words - 7 pages Literature CourseworkKara-kaye D'Aguilar HoilettQuestions:(a)What does the Pastoral Convention refer to?(b)By detailed reference to Blake's poems, show how they highlight features of the pastoral.(c)What is the underlying significance of Blake's usage of the Pastoral? (What message is he conveying by using it?In the poetic anthology, Songs of Innocence and Experience by ardent romanticist William Blake, the reader is exposed to a kinship of