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Ways In Which Blake Uses Images Of Animals And Plants

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Ways in which Blake Uses Images of Animals and Plants

William Blake was born in 1757 in London and died in 1827. His most
famous works are called "Songs of innocence" and "Songs of
experience". "Songs of innocence" written in (1789) were easy to
understand, very simple vocabulary, simple verses, with ideal, happy
and pastoral locations. In Contrast "Songs of experience" written in
(1794), had more difficult ideas and vocabulary, with negative views,
which where realistic and sad. In this essay I will be studying how
Blake uses animals, plants and the natural world to create pictures
for the reader of what he thought life was like in eighteenth century
England. I will be comparing, “The Echoing Green”, “The Garden of
Love” and “Laughing Song”. These poems contain an extensive amount of
visual images of “Green” which will help me compare the different ways
in which Blake uses the images of animals, plants and natural world.

To embark on “The Echoing Green”, this poem is a very calm, joyful and
positive poem. It consists of happy people, happy children and a
beautiful natural landscape, which is pastoral. Pastoral is another
word for the rural location, where there are animals and other natural
life such as trees and plants. At the location there are many
different sporting games in progress and children under the
supervision of parental figures. I can also see from the poem that the
people have been at the location for the entire day as the poem starts
with “The Sun does arise”, and ends with “On the Darkening Green”.
This shows how much they must have enjoyed themselves to be at the
same location for the entire day. The title “The Echoing Green” tells
you that this is a location where communities come and converse with
each other, where the subject is set to happiness and being
optimistic.

Even from the opening stanza we can sense the importance of natural
forms, plants and animals. This creates an opening picture for the
reader and places them right into the poem itself, which is a very
good technique adapted by Blake to attract attention towards the poem,
also which has been used in number of Blake’s poems. Some examples of
this technique are, “Skies,” which shows that the sky must be blue, as
it has been used in this context, hinting towards the fact that it’s
sunny and hot. Also we have “spring” as another example that backs up
my previous point of the location being sunny as the season that is
currently running is “spring”. “Birds,” show that there are not just
people there but also animal life forms that give the location a
natural and more rural feel. Lastly moving on to a quote which is also
used within the title, “Echoing Green.” this quote constantly reminds
the reader that the is masses of green around, almost as if it was
“echoing” to you. Furthermore this is a very vital time of the year as
it is the time of new life and new flowers, this is the time when the
birds start to chirp, and...

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