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 Song' and 'Infant Sorrow' all depict caretakers in a bad light.The first poem I will discuss is from the Songs of Innocence, its title is 'The Little Girl Lost.' This poem tells the story of a seven-year old child who becomes separated from her parents and is lost in a wild kingdom.In the first stanza the author prophasizes the future, foretelling of a serious situation. William Blake then goes on in the poem to tell about how the young girls parents react to the new knowledge that their daughter is missing. The parents are fearful because they know the dangers of the jungle their daughter is lost in. The parents, caretakers, of the young girl can not conceive the possibility that the jungle may have a soft and caring side.We then find out the age of young Lyca, 'seven summers old.' At the age of seven, a young girl must be very scared alone in the wood with out her mother and father. William Blake also in this stanza tells how Lyca became lost in this wilderness. Lyca, being a young and playful girl had saw beautiful birds singing and had followed them into the jungle, enchanted by their song.Lyca cannot go on. She is weary from walking and needs to lay down for a moments rest. Lyca lies under a tree, and begins to think about her parents whom she misses so much. She wonders if they are looking for her, and if they are worried about her. These thoughts make Lyca very sad for she loves her caretakers dearly. Lyca knows she needs rest if she wants to go on in her journey to find home. As she lies under the tree she has difficulty sleeping. She knows her mother and father are afraid for her in this wild jungle. She cannot rest knowing that her caretakers are upset.In the next stanza we picture Lyca still continuing on her search for her home. We picture her eyes closing, much too tired to continue. Lyca has to rest. She lies down and closes her eyes as the daytime fades away and the moon arises over this frightful night. As Lyca lays sleeping the beasts of the jungle come from their caves and roam about in search of food. Instead of food, to their surprise they find Lyca. To the reader this is the point of climax. The reader is scared for Lyca. She is just an innocent child. The reader begins to fear for Lyca's life, not realizing the beasts true intentions.The lion is the first beast to spot Lyca sleeping. He begins to circle her, not quite sure of the situation put before him. We the reader have the natural instinct in us to believe that the lion is going to eat Lyca. We cannot conceive the notion that...

Find Another Essay On 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

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

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 unhealthy. This can be shown because it is saying that the priest can't have sex so they try to stop others.On the other hand it is wrong in saying that attacks of the church seem to be of the late 18th century because there is still racism and social injustice. We are still indoctrinated but in many different ways by adverts, media, technology and government etc.Blake's poems in the Songs of innocence and Experience can relate to his time but also modern society. His psychic and emotional views about the society he describes are relevant to the 18th century, but they are also relevant today.

Innocence lost in William Blake's "The Chimney Sweeper"

785 words - 3 pages William Blake's "The Chimney Sweeper" offers a graphic portrayal of a particular cultural aspect of England in the 1790s. By examining my interactions with the poem, I will attempt to analyse and contrast my own belief system against that which is presented in the text.Blake's poem was initially very striking to me. While reading the first stanza, I was shocked and horrified by the imagery presented by the young narrator. I felt compelled to cry

Innocence and Experience in Blake's The Chimney Sweeper

948 words - 4 pages Innocence and Experience in Blake's The Chimney Sweeper The most obvious difference between the two poems would be the length, although this is not necessarily a difference between innocence and experience, it does lure the reader into the right frame of mind to read into the attitude of each poem. Innocence consists of six, four-line stanzas, where as experience is only three, four-line stanzas. The length of each

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

Analysis of William Blake's "The Chimney Sweeper"

1229 words - 5 pages by their fathers to work in the mines. They have gruesome jobs, and the workdays are long. However, the boys make the most of it, and they do the job with hope, because God is going to protect them and give them a home in heaven.To properly look at London in 1757 to middle class parents. When Blake was a child, he saw visions of God and angels. This would be incorporated into his poems in later years, including "The Chimney Sweeper". His parents

William Blake’s “The Chimney Sweeper”

961 words - 4 pages learning environment to be rather stifling and too orthodox.Known for Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1793), his first book of poetry was entitled Poetical Sketches (1789). Before his first works were introduced to the public, he married Catherine Boucher, who later helped him publish his other books. When William Blake died on August 12, 1827 in London, he had not completed his series of drawings inspired by Dante's The Divine

William Blake's The Chimney Sweeper

675 words - 3 pages of view, symbolism, and his startling irony.      Blake expresses his poem in first person, as a young chimney sweeper. This gives his poetic voice creditability because the subject of the poem is chimney sweepers. In addition, using first person creates a deeper sense of sympathy in the reader. This young boy, the poetic voice, lost his mother while “[he] was very young'; (554). Soon after the loss of his mother “[his] father sold [him] while

William Blake's The Chimney Sweeper

911 words - 4 pages William Blake’s The Chimney Sweeper            William Blake’s “The Chimney Sweeper” was mainly about the possibilities of both hope and faith. Although the poem’s connotation is that of a very dark and depressed nature, the religious imagery Blake uses indicates that the sweeps will have a brighter future in eternity.      In lines 4 – 8 when Blake writes, “There’s little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head, That curled like a lamb’s

The Chimney Sweeper

1552 words - 7 pages William Blake, author of Songs of Experience, wrote various poems, which are accompanied by their contradicting Songs of Innocence poems. Through the contradiction of both poems, Blake emphasizes the need for both innocence and experience in order to live a good life. In “The Chimney Sweeper”, Blake shows the life of a young orphan boy. In the songs of innocence poem, the boy is naive and is unaware of the injustice around him; however, the

The Chimney Sweeper

2433 words - 10 pages Chimney Sweeper poems. In "The Chimney Sweeper" from Songs of Innocence, the view of religion is one from a very innocent and naive perspective, much like many other poems in Songs of Innocence. The view of God in "The Chimney Sweeper" is one that is kind and gentle because the angel comes down and "open'd the coffins & set them all free." From this the children would see heaven as a sense of great comfort because once they get there all their

Similar Essays

The Chimney Sweeper: From Innocence To Experience

1351 words - 5 pages together with Songs of Innocence the following year. The poems of Experience are darker in tone and outlook, the innocence of its counterpart seems to have turned into experience.The first lines in The Chimney sweeper from Songs of Innocence are very striking for a little boy has lost his mother and his father has sold him like a piece of merchandise; the poet appeals to the reader's empathy with the use of these strong images.The first stanza explains

William Blake's The Chimney Sweep And Songs Of Innocence And Experience

2111 words - 8 pages William Blake's The Chimney Sweep and Songs of Innocence and Experience In this essay I will attempt to analyse, compare and contrast the poems 'The Chimney Sweep' from both 'Songs of Experience' and 'Songs of Innocence' which were both written by 'William Blake' in 1790-92 and 1789 respectively. These two poems were amalgamated in 1794 to create a new collection called 'Songs of Innocence and Experience'. I will be looking at what

The Passsge From Innocence To Experience In Songs Of Innocence And Experience By William Blake

1525 words - 6 pages The Passsge from Innocence to Experience in Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake In this first essay, I will be dealing with poems from William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience. More precisely, I shall be dealing with the Introduction from Songs of Innocence, as well as its counterparts Introduction from Songs of Experience and Earth's Answer. For my thesis, I shall attempt to demonstrate how Blake used the

The Chimney Sweeper William Blake Essay

882 words - 4 pages The Chimney SweeperThe Chimney Sweeper, by William Blake is about a young, orphaned boy who was forced to be chimney sweeper by his owners after he was sold as a child by his father. This poem by William Blake was written for children and to express the cruelty undergone by ill-treated children.The tone at the start of the poem is depressing as the chimney sweeper talks about how he was sold and would "cry...'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!" as a