William Blake, Innocence Vs. Experience Essay

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William Blake, an artist and poet, wrote to on the dark and bright side of society. Growing up, Blake at the age of four thought he had seen God. With this said, his parents wanted to nurture his gift. His father, a very poor man, sent him to an art school. Believe it or not, William Blake was a rebel. After studying at the Royal Academy, Blake dropped out and opened his own printing shop. At the age of thirty-two, Blake published multiple poems in two series of texts, Song of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Thus, the difference between these two series of texts was that Song of Experience explored more of the dark side of society; however, Songs of Innocence explored more of the innocent ...view middle of the document...

Not only is child labor physically exhausting on a boy between the ages of six to twelve, but because of this text there is this idea of irony. With this irony of this poem, if you look at each country itself (as a whole), how many child labor laws are there? Majority of the human population on Earth have developed these types of laws for children to benefit them because of something along the line of the text The Chimney sweeper. For example, “There’s little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head / that curl’d like a lambs back, was shav’d, so I said. / Hush Tom never mind it, for when your head’s bare, / you know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair.” (Prentice Hall Literature [page 751 lines 5-8]). While thousands of children died of exhaustion, or falling from cleaning the chimney, this text was simply a critique on society being placed in the poem series Songs of Experiences.
Finally, Infant Sorrow is a critique of rebels in society. This text is often used as the following; meaning that the baby that is born in this poem rejects his/her parents. Related towards the psychology side of this text, it can be debated that once the baby is born and starts to shove the parent(s) it would be believed that later on the child would be more than happy to get out of their parents house. Thus, in the text Infant Sorrow, it states, “Bound and weary, I thought best / to sulk upon my mother’s breast.” (Prentice Hall Literature [page 752 lines 7-8])....

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