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The Poetry of William Blake - William Blake is considered one of the greatest poets of British history due to his recognizable talent and unique style of writing and illustrating. As a young boy, Blake began having visions that he claimed were the source of his inspiration. His parents did all they could to nurture his “gift” and made sure he retained it throughout his life. His imagination definitely stayed with him as he grew up and wrote Songs of Innocence. This series of poems included Blake’s favorite themes of the destiny of the human spirit and the possibility of renewing our perceptions....   [tags: poetry, william blake] 601 words
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Analysis of William Blake's London - Even though there are only sixteen lines is this poem it is packed with the passions and frustrations of a lifetime of suffering. William Blake uses symbolism, allusion, and imagery to paint a vivid picture of the streets of London in the late 1700's and early 1800's. His AB, AB rhyming pattern resembles the narrator’s footsteps as he “wanders through each chartered street.” Each stressed syllable is like a foot hitting the cobblestoned streets. This rhythmically patterned style is used to convey Blake’s dissatisfaction of the social and political changes of the city....   [tags: poetry, william blake] 554 words
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Human Innocent in William Blake's Poems The Lamb, and The Tyger - Swiss political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau is known for his conception of the “myth of the nobles savage,” which discusses the contrasts between natural human existence, and the corrupted, societal existence in which human beings adapt and grow. English poet and activist William Blake addresses the concept of human existence in his Romantic poems, “The Lamb,” and “The Tyger.” In both poems, Blake presents the ideals of innocence, and acquaintance, demonstrating the contradictions and similarities between untainted existence, and the effects of modern worldly life....   [tags: William Blake, noble savages, ] 790 words
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William Blake's Infant Joy and Infant Sorrow - “Infant Joy” from “Songs of Innocence” by William Blake is a simple song that highlights the joy of childbirth from a mother’s perspective. The mother asks the child what she should name the newborn child. The newborn names itself Joy, because that is all it knows. In contrast “Infant Sorrow” from “Songs of Experience” by William Blake is a simple song that focuses on childbirth from the infants perspective. It is a much less pleasant experience compared to that of the mother’s. The newborn struggles as it leaves the comfort of its mothers womb and enters the world....   [tags: infant joy, william blake]
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Comparison of William Blake's London and Wordsworth's Composed Upon Westminster Bridge - During the late 18thcentury and early 19thcentury when William Blake was living in London, he showed that London was indeed a terrible place to live and the living standard was devastating and he expressed his personal passionate anger towards the underlying problems in the society despite the fact that London was a cosmopolitan city at the time and certainly the one of the busiest commercial centres in the world. His poem had great meaning and targeted those who were in the higher class who knew how to read....   [tags: poetry, william blake] 1538 words
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The Lamb and The Tiger by William Blake - 'The Lamb' and 'The Tiger' by William Blake Write about The Lamb and The Tiger by William Blake. Explain how the poet portrays these creatures and comment on what you consider to be the main ideas and attitudes of the poet. 'All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all.' Cecil Frances Alexander Indeed, God created all creatures great and small, and he could not have created two creatures more different from each other than the lamb and the tiger....   [tags: Poet Poems William Blake] 3185 words
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William Blake's The Tyger - William Blake's The Tyger In “The Tyger,” William Blake uses meter and rhyme to enhance both the meaning and the rhythm of his piece. The chanting nature is reinforced by frequent end-stop and catalectic endings for the lines. By melding these devices, Blake has managed to create a powerful poem – hidden in the casual style of a nursery rhyme. The meter of “The Tyger” is mostly trochaic tetrameter (four feet per line; stressed-unstressed). Or trochaic three-and-a-half meter, really – Blake uses a catalectic ending (the dropping of the last unstressed syllable) on every trochaic line....   [tags: William Blake Tyger Essays] 835 words
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William Blake's The Chimney Sweeper - William Blake's The Chimney Sweeper William Blake's The Chimney Sweeper, written in 1789, tells the story of what happened to many young boys during this time period. Often, boys as young as four and five were sold for the soul purpose of cleaning chimneys because of their small size. These children were exploited and lived a meager existence that was socially acceptable at the time. Blake voices the evils of this acceptance through point of view, symbolism, and his startling irony.      Blake expresses his poem in first person, as a young chimney sweeper....   [tags: William Blake Chimney Sweeper Essays]
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William Blake as a Critic of His Time - William Blake as a Critic of His Time Blake took an active role in exposing the corruption taking place in his society. Prime targets of his criticisms were the institutions that remained silent in the faces of injustice. Blake stands agains the institutions that allow human oppression. Three of his poems from Songs of Experience present his views on the matter: "The Chimney Sweeper," "The Garden of Love," and "London." In "The Chimney Sweeper," Blake takes his stand against the the calamities brought upon children by those supposed to protect him....   [tags: William Blake Poems Poetry]
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Comparing William Blake's The Tyger and The Lamb - Comparing William Blake's “The Tyger” and “The Lamb” William Blake is referred to as many things, including poet, engraver, painter and mystic, but he is probably most famous for his poetry. Blake began writing the poems below in about 1790 whilst living in Lambeth, London. His poetry has a wide range of styles but his most famous poems are those from “Songs of Innocence” and Song of Experience”. The two sets of poems are designed to show different states or ways of seeing. They are Blake's way of representing the different ways in which people actually experience the world....   [tags: The Tyger The Lamb William Blake] 1256 words
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William Blake's Chimney Sweeper - William Blake's Chimney Sweeper In this essay I am going to explore Blake's Chimney Sweeper poems from the Songs of Innocence and the Songs of Experience. During this essay I will cover Blake's life and times and the way chimney sweepers get treated around that time and what Blake attempts to do about it. Blake was born on November 28 in the year 1757. His parents where strict but understanding. Blake's parents realized early in his life that Blake was gifted. He had an extremely active imagination and he often got visions....   [tags: William Blake Songs of Innocence Experience] 1971 words
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Appreciation for London by William Blake - Appreciation for London by William Blake The first stanza of the poem London opens with the image of Blake as he wanders “thro' each charter'd street”. Blake selected the word “charter'd” to convey various images in the readers mind. The immediate image the audience will visualize is that the streets of London were mapped out. However, on further examination the reader can determine that Blake had another meaning for the word. The word charter is also a document bestowing certain rights on a town or city....   [tags: London William Blake Poems Poetry Essays] 504 words
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William Blake's The Chimney Sweeper - 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 back, was shaved: so I said ‘Hush, Tom. never mind it, for when your head’s bare You know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair.’ These lines symbolize faith in the biblical sense....   [tags: William Blake Chimney Sweeper Poem Essays] 911 words
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The Poems of William Blake - The Poems of William Blake What have you understood, from reading the poems of William Blake. William Blake, a late 18th century English Romantic poet uses traditional forms for his poetry in that he blends the ballad, the nursery rhyme and the hymn. The meaning he constructs from these forms however is far from traditional. His style was to express very complex ideas in very simple language and compressing a lot of deep meaning into often very short poems. Blake was a rebel and was over enjoyed when the French revolution liberated the repressed underclass....   [tags: William Blake English Romantic Poet Essays] 2407 words
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William Blake's The Echoing Green - William Blake's The Echoing Green The poem ‘The Echoing Green’ is written by William Blake. It is taken from SONGS OF INNOCENCE. It is divine voice of childhood unchallenged by the test and doubts of later years. Blake expresses in simple and lovely diction the happiness and innocence of a child’s first thoughts about. This is a pictorial poem. ‘The Echoing Green’ is a poem about a grassy field on a warm morning in late spring. The poet gives a very beautiful description of a dawn and morning of spring....   [tags: William Blake Poetry Echoing Green Essays] 940 words
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Comparison of The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake - When do we change. When do we change from being the innocent children God sent into the world, to the corrupted ones that leave the earth. William Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience examine these different states. Blake wanted to show the two contrary states in the human mind. The Lamb and the Tyger are just vehicles for Blake to express what he feels happens to people as they grow, develop and eventually become perverted by the world around them. Blake’s background and occupation greatly influenced the style and content of his poems....   [tags: The Lamb The Tyger William Blake Essays]
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Explication of William Blake's A Poison Tree - Explication of William Blake's A Poison Tree   William Blake's "A Poison Tree" (1794) stands as one of his most intriguing poems, memorable for its vengeful feel and sinister act of deceit. This poem appears in his famous work Songs of Innocence and Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul (1794), placed significantly in the "Songs of Experience" section. As with many of his poems, Blake wants to impart a moral lesson here, pointing of course to the experience we gain in our human existence at the cost of our innocence....   [tags: Poison Tree Essays William Blake] 1042 words
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William Blake's The Little Black Boy - William Blake's 'The Little Black Boy' The theme of guardianship, being the act of guarding, protecting, and taking care of another person, is very prominent in William Blake's 'The Little Black Boy';. Three distinct instances of guardianship can be seen in Blake's poem. These guardianship roles begin with the little boy's mother, followed by God, and ultimately ending with the unsuspecting little black boy himself.      It is relatively easy to see the repression of blacks by whites in the way in which the little black boy speaks and conveys his thoughts....   [tags: William Blake The Little Black Boy] 657 words
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Analysis of William Blake's Poem London - Analysis of William Blake's Poem London London by William Blake is a poem characterised by its dark and overbearing tone. It is a glimpse at a period of England's history (particularly London) during war and poverty, experienced by the narrator as he walks through the streets. Using personification it draws a great human aspect to its representation of thoughts and beliefs of the narrator. The author uses a rhyme scheme that mirrors the pace of walking. The pace is moderate using an octameter meter, and each stressed syllable is like each footfall of the narrator....   [tags: William Blake London Poetry Essays]
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William Blake's London and William Wordsworth's London, 1802 - William Blake's London and William Wordsworth's London, 1802 The figure of the poet as it pertains to William Blake and William Wordsworth is different according to the perception of most analysts. Blake addresses a universal audience in a prophetic voice, taking the role of the poet upon himself often using a mystical tone. In contrast Wordsworth uses language specific to all and directs his writing to ordinary people writing as an ordinary person reacting to his own personal experiences....   [tags: William Blake Wordsworth English Literature]
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William Blake: Exposing the Harsh Realties of Life - Sir William Blake was known for his lucid writings and childlike imagination when it came down to his writings. Some will say that his writings were like day and night; for example, "The Lamb" and "The Tiger" or "The Little Boy Lost" and "The Little Boy Found." Born in the 18th century, Blake witnessed the cruel acts of the French and American Revolutions so his writings also, "revealed and exposed the harsh realities of life (Biography William Blake)". Although he never gained fame during his lifetime, Blake's work is thought of as to be genius and well respected today....   [tags: William Blake 2014]
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William Blake: Holding Up A Mirror To Society - We turn to literature and to art to help us define our world. Great literature and great art live beyond their own day because they answer not only the need and impulse of the days in which they were crafted, but because they continue to speak to a modern audience--perhaps in a different register or tone, but continuing to address a vital human need, filling an emotional void or addressing an inherent aesthetic. Being removed from the time in which a particular work was created presents a multitude of difficulties....   [tags: The Prophet William Blake 2014]
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Rhythmical Patterns in William Blake's Infant Sorrow - Rhythmical Patterns of "Infant Sorrow" in William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience In Songs of Innocence and of Experience, by William Blake, we come to the realization that although innocence and experience are dichotomies it’s common for a reader of songs to detect experience in a poem about innocence and vice versa. To fully understand "Infant Sorrow" a look at the definition of innocence and its relationship to experience is needed. According to the American Heritage Dictionary innocence is defined as uncorrupted by evil, malice, without wrongdoing, sinless, and not experienced....   [tags: William Blake Infant Sorrow]
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William Blake - William Blake William Blake is one of England’s most famous literary figures. He is remembered and admired for his skill as a painter, engraver, and poet. He was born on Nov. 28, 1757 to a poor Hosier’s family living in or around London. Being of a poor family, Blake received little in the way of comfort or education while growing up. Amazingly, he did not attend school for very long and dropped out shortly after learning to read and write so that he could work in his father’s shop. The life of a hosier however was not the right path for Blake as he exhibited early on a skill for reading and drawing....   [tags: William Blake Essays] 1877 words
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William Blake - William Blake William Blake was born in 1757 during a time when Romanticism was on the rise. Romantic poets of this day and age, living in England, experienced changes from a wealth-centered aristocracy to a modern industrial nation where power shifted to large-scale employers thus leading to the enlargement of the working class. Although Blake is seen as a very skillful writer his greatest successes were his engravings taught to him by a skilled sculpture. Blake differed from other poets in that he never received a formal education....   [tags: Biography William Blake Papers]
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The Theme of Authority in William Blake's Poetry - The Theme of Authority in William Blake's Poetry The theme of authority is possibly the most important theme and the most popular theme concerning William Blake’s poetry. Blake explores authority in a variety of different ways particularly through religion, education and God. Blake was profoundly concerned with the concept of social justice. He was also profoundly a religious man. His dissenting background led him to view the power structures and legalism that surrounded religious establishments with distrust....   [tags: William Blake Poetry The Chimney Sweeper Essays] 720 words
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Analysis of The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake - William Blake was a first generation Romantic poet. Many of his poems were critical of a society who thought themselves to be almost perfect, a society run by, not their own free will, but the use of technology. He wanted people to question what they had always done, and whether it was morally right. He did so by using varying techniques that set up clashes between ideologies and reality. His poems allow us to see into ‘the eternal world of the spirit’ and his dreams of the sacred England he had always wanted, a place undamaged by technology, a place that is peaceful and tranquil....   [tags: William Blake The Lamb The Tyger Poetry Essays] 1627 words
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The Underlying Message of The Tyger by William Blake - The Underlying Message of The Tyger by William Blake Blake’s legendary poem “The Tyger” is deceivingly straightforward. Though Blake uses “vividly simple language” (Hirsch, 244), the poem requires a deeper understanding from the reader. There are many misconceptions concerning the symbols in “The Tyger” (specifically the tiger itself). This often leads to confusion concerning the underlying message of the poem. Compared to Blake’s “meek” and “mild” lamb, the tiger is hard to accept. It is a symbol for that which people fear....   [tags: The Tyger William Blake Poems Poetry Essays]
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A Symbolic Analysis of William Blake's London - A Symbolic Analysis of William Blake's London .........In his reflection "London," William Blake laments the poverty faced by the lower class of modern, industrialized London, and he can find no note of consolation or hope for their future. The poet uses this theme to dramatically depict the conditions in which the oppressed lower class is forced to live; he develops the theme through the use of sounds, symbolism, and an ironic twist of words in the last line that expresses Blake's ultimate belief in the hopelessness of the situation....   [tags: Literature William Blake London Poem Essay] 935 words
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Comparing Composed Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth and London by William Blake - Comparison between William Blake and William Wordsworth’s Views of London William Blake grew up in the slums of London and this is shown in his poem, he wrote his poem in the slums and back alleys of London as he never had very much money. He describes London as being “charter’d”, this gives us the impression that everything has rules and boundaries in London, and that there is no mystery to be discovered. Also chartered means on a map, almost as if it is owned, by the king perhaps. The line in which the word is on, “I wander through each charter’d street, near where the charter’d Thames does flow,” makes us feel as if every thing is owned and nothing is natural, like all the people in Lo...   [tags: William Wordsworth William Blake] 1468 words
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Imagery And Symbolism in William Blake’s The Tyger - Imagery And Symbolism in William Blake’s The Tyger “Can you give to the horse mightyness. Can you clothe its neck with a rustling mane. Can you cause it to leap like a locust?”(Job 39:19-20) William Blake’s The Tyger is reminiscent of when God questioned Job rhetorically about his creations, many of them being fearsome beasts such as the leviathan or the behemoth. Much like this speech from the old testament, The Tyger also uses a significant amount of imagery and symbolism which contributes to its spiritual aspects....   [tags: William Blake The Tyger Poem Essays] 687 words
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William Blake's "London" - William Blake's "London" Works Cited Not Included William Blake's "London" is a representative of English society as a whole, and the human condition in general that outlines the socio-economic problems of the time and the major communal evils. It condemns authoritative institutions including the military, royalty, new industries, and the Church. Blake's tone creates a feeling of informative bitterness, and is both angry and despondent at the suffering and increasing corruption of London's society....   [tags: William Blake London Poem Poetry Essays] 1007 words
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William Blake's The Chimney Sweep and Songs of Innocence and Experience - 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 Blake says and hints at concerning the 'two contrary states of the human soul' in the two poems as well as looking at the message Blake is trying to convey to the reader....   [tags: William Blake Poetry Poems Literature Essays] 2311 words
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Comparison between William Blake and Seamus Heaney - Comparison between William Blake and Seamus Heaney In this essay I will compare two internationally recognised poets, William Blake and Seamus Heaney. I will discuss their similarities and differences not in only just their writing, but also their everyday lives. William Blake was born in 1757 in London, where he lived practically all his life apart from three years at the beginning of the 19th century, where he lived in Felpham, near Bognor Regis in Sussex. He had no early education, but became student, studying art, at the Royal academy school in the early 1770s....   [tags: Writers William Blake Seamus Henry Essays] 1371 words
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William Blake's The Chimney-Sweeper, Holy Thursday (Innocence) and London - Compare and Contrast William Blake's The Chimney-Sweeper, Holy Thursday (Innocence) and London I am going to compare and contrast three of William Blake poems, where he shows his feelings about the way people treat children: The Chimney-Sweeper, Holy Thursday (Innocence) and London. The Chimney-Sweeper is about a child who sweeps chimneys. William Blake sets this poem in the winter. The children worked in the cold. Blake says, “A little black thing among the snow,” “The little black thing,” Is the child who is dirty from cleaning the chimneys who stands out in the snow....   [tags: Compare and Contrast William Blake's Poems] 1518 words
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Effective Use of Imagery in William Blake’s The Lamb and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s A Very Old Man Wi - Effective Use of Imagery in William Blake’s The Lamb and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings "Sailboats as big as cruise ships/ Glide gracefully across the ocean's glassy surface." Have you ever read a piece of literature and found it to be immensely satisfying due to the enormous amount of descriptions used by either the poet or the author. As the opening line illustrates what is happening at the beach, the reader is able to really get to know what the author is trying to explain....   [tags: William Blake Lamb Essays] 753 words
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How William Blake Uses Poetry as an Instrument for Social Comment - How William Blake Uses Poetry as an Instrument for Social Comment Living in a world without modern technology and media. William Blake (1757 - 1827) used his poetry as a powerful instrument for social comment. This is particularly evident in 'Laughing Song'; and 'London'; taken from The Portable Blake. The two poems present conflicting views of creation and mankind. In his innocent years, Blake saw the world as a 'joyous meadow, natural and free. However as he grew with experience his naive ideology was tainted with images of war and devastation....   [tags: Laughing Song London William Blake Essays]
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William Blake, the Jonah of London - William Blake, the Jonah of London missing works cited Through the streets and alleyways of Nineveh the prophet Jonah trudged. At every marketplace and city gate he joyously roared his tidings of evil, “forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned!” Two and a half millennia after the great fish vomited Jonah back onto dry land, William Blake faithfully follows that path of bilge and seaweed, bile and gall, into the fraternity of prophets and oracles. Just as Jonah was reluctant to prophesy to the Ninevites for fear that his enemies would hear and repent, Blake has a vested interest in perpetuating the blindness of his readers....   [tags: Blake Jonah London] 2913 words
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Blake's Writing on Chimney Sweepers - The Industrial Revolution was a crucial point in the history of the world, and also a very difficult time to endure, especially for the working class. In the late eighteenth century, a young poet and artist by the name of William Blake became outraged and inspired by the inhumane treatment of young boys called "chimney sweeps." Thus he produced a protest in the form of simple poetry. Wicksteed says, "Deeper knowledge of Blake will reveal no darkly buried meaning, only a deeper sense in the meaning obvious to all." (Hirsch, 7) This is precisely the case in the protest Blake calls "The Chimney Sweeper." Blake utilizes realism, rather than deep symbolism, in the form of imagery to portray the b...   [tags: William Blake] 1186 words
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The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake - Many authors in the Romantics time period enjoyed using imagination. Their ideas were new and different compared to older ones while being written for basically everyone to understand. These poets and writers also usually had a deeper meaning within their simple poems and this was to make people think about what was being said. Although they are not the first to do something like this the romantic poets are most known for this idea of seeing the double meaning so to speak. Each poem when it’s meaning is revealed usually has a deep and important meaning....   [tags: romantic, bance, non-conformists ]
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A Poison Tree by William Blake - “Then the Lord God said, “behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”” (New American Standard Bible, Gen. 3:22). The poem “A Poison Tree” by William Blake completes a full circle around the story of the fall of man in the book of Genesis incorporating how the human nature functions. Blake uses metaphors, allusions and diction to tell his views on the subject of human nature and God, and conveys his message more clearly through the rhyme scheme, meter and simplicity of the poem overall....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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The Influence of the Bible on William Blake - During the British Romantic period, some writers used material from the Bible or imitated the Bible in style of writing or content. William Blake, a Romantic writer, engraver, and painter, believed that “the Bible was the greatest work of poetry ever written” (Barker 2004). The Bible influenced him throughout this life, specifically influencing both his writing and his art. There are many references to Biblical themes within his writing, and there are also many references to specific passages of Scripture (Barker 2004)....   [tags: Biblical Themes, Writing Styles]
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The Mental Traveller by William Blake - “William Blake’s The Mental Traveller” William Blake is a literature genius. Most of his work speaks volume to the readers. Blake’s poem “The Mental Traveller” features a conflict between a male and female that all readers can relate to because of the lessons learned as you read. The poet William Blake isn’t just known for just writing. He was also a well-known painter and a printmaker. Blake is considered a seminal figure in the history of poetry. His poems are from the Romantic age (The end of the 18th Century)....   [tags: conflict, male, female]
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The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake - William Blake, a unique poet of the literary canon, is one of the most critiqued poets of all time. Having a rather unique stylistic approach to topics, especially religion, Blake seems to contradict himself in his own writing and, therefore, sparks questions in the readers’ minds on specific subjects. Two of his poems in particular have been widely critiqued and viewed in various lights. “The Tyger,” written in 1774, and “The Lamb,” written five years later in 1789, are considered companion poems due to their similar humanistic topic and stark differences of each other....   [tags: unorganized innocence, church]
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William Blake's The Sick Rose - William Blake's The Sick Rose "The sick rose" is a very ambiguous poem and open to several interpretations, Blake uses lots of imagery and effective metaphors. My first impression of the poem was that it?s very negative and includes elements of destruction revenge and perhaps even murder. I think the poems about two lovers, one of which cheated on their partner and the other wants revenge. The poem is very contradictory, this is shown in the first line 'O Rose, thou art sick.' A rose usually symbolises beauty, romance and love, it?s a very feminine image but then it is said to be sick so we instantly sense something is wrong....   [tags: Blake Poetry Poem Sick Rose Essays] 619 words
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Songs of Innoce by William Blake - The distinguishing features of innocence and experience play a crucial role in William Blake’s written and illustrated work. Blake, born in 1757, paid special attention to the human life and its state of mind in his artistic endeavors (Blake Archive). Throughout all of his works, particularly in the Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, the reader consistently tries to decide which state of mind is preferable and how they differ. Unlike many authors, Blake provides illustrations for his work....   [tags: The Ecchoing Green, poems]
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The Revolutionary Visions of William Blake - Between the late 18th century and early 19th century catholic religion was based off of the old testament in the Bible. During this time there was also a revolt against the aristocratic social and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment. While in this period, people began to rise against and question the way their lives were being ran by others, who supposedly had power which was derived from God himself. Yet at this time peoplesuch as William Blake found ways to spread the message of the unjust treatment the people would receive from hypocritical clergyman.As a youngman Blake only attened school long enough to learn to read and write, and left aroung the aage of ten....   [tags: church, society, love, religion]
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William Blake's Life and Work - William Blake is widely considered the most controversial writer of his time because of the content included in his writing and his expression of good versus evil that is apparent in his paintings. In my essay the “Proverbs of Hell” is a great and very telling example of Blake’s natural and flowing poetry. He is considered by most a great role model in the history of art and his writings during the Romanticism time period. Romanticism was a movement that was developed between the eighteenth and nineteenth century....   [tags: Poet, Poetry Analysis]
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The Work of William Blake - Romanticism was both an artistic and intellectual movement geared essentially toward emphasizing nature’s subliminal aura, the individual’s expression of emotion and imagination, and ultimately a heightened sense of consciousness. Widely acknowledged for his contributions to Romanticism, English poet William Blake is considered to be one of the most influential poets of the nineteenth century. Blake, a visionary far beyond his years, was adamant in expressing his views on the cosmos; that one cannot simply have the good without experiencing the bad nor can one have the bad without experiencing the good....   [tags: Romanticism, The Cosmos]
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The Writings of William Blake - William Blake was one of England’s greatest writers (Tejvan) in the nineteenth century, but his brilliancy was not noticed until after he was deceased. Blake was very much a free spirit who often spoke his mind and was very sensitive to cruelty. At the age of twenty five he married a woman named Catherine Boucher. They created a book of all Blake’s poems called Songs on Innocence, which was not very popular while he was alive. On the other hand Blake’s other book of poems, Songs of Experience, were much more popular....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Biography of William Blake - The vision of an angel made William Blake the most famous poet of his time. William Blake was born over his father’s modest hosiery shop at 28 Broad Street Golden Square, London in Nov, 28, 1757. His father was James Blake a hosier, and his mother was Catherine Wright Armitage Blake. William Blake being chiefly educated at home learned how to read and write by his mother. He briefly attended to school. His parents observe that he was different and they didn’t force him to attend to the school, main reason why his mother decided to teach him....   [tags: Poetic Analysis, Poems, Poet, Author]
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Life of William Blake - In 1757, a great British poet by the name of William Blake was welcomed to the world. Born in London England, he was the third son of his family but only second to survive. Blake was one of 5 children to his mother Catherine Wright Armitage Blake, and fathered by James Blake. During William’s childhood, his parents noticed that he was very different from his peers. Blake claimed to often see vision but his parents did not believe him; they told him it was not acceptable to lie. When William was just four years old he saw his first vision....   [tags: British Poets, Biography]
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William Blake: Romanticizing Mankind - For those living during the eighteenth-century, life was full of innovation and the reconstruction of social classes and societal norms. With the tumultuous effects of the American and French Revolution’s on the world and the Industrial Revolution in their own city, London became fertile soil for a new literary movement to flourish in . The Romantic era invoked in art, literature, and philosophy, a more aesthetic experience. Artist and poet, William Blake, not only lived through this time of great social change, but was an important contributor to the Romantic literary movement that occurred in his lifetime....   [tags: Poet Biography]
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Tyger by William Blake - Poetry is greatly influenced by issues like evil, pain, and human suffering that do not have a literal answer for why they occur. They are often pinpointed by writers as they find its origin or lay the blame through a wide range of poetic devices that cause the reader to question their own beliefs and morals. In the poem ‘Tyger’, William Blake tries to divulge the creation of adversity by asking a series of blatant questions “What immortal hand or eye… frame thy fearful symmetry?” In addition to this, the origin of suffering is again interrogated by William Blake in his poem ‘Poison Tree’, as he explores how unaddressed, cultivated “wrath” can lead to destructive behavior which results in b...   [tags: poetry analysis, human suffering]
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WIlliam Blake, a Visionary - Blake was a man active of mind and body, changing occupations without a minute of repose in between. ‘Apocalyptic’ is a word that can be used in describing William Blake’s works, whether it be a poem, artwork, or story. Although, incredibly relevant in his own time, I believe that his work resonates even more strongly in today’s society. The following stanza comes from one of Blake’s most well renowned poems “Auguries of Innocence” one of the most prolific verses’ in history; To see a world in a grain of sand And a heaven in a Wildflower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand And eternity in an hour Blake’s capability to produce confrontational poetry is outstanding, in the above verse al...   [tags: Poetic Analysis, Philosophy] 1123 words
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Comparing The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake - Comparing The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake This essay will focus on the enchanting poem, 'The Lamb' which is taken from the 'Songs of Innocence' which will be compared and contrasted with the mysterious poem, 'The Tyger', which is taken from the 'Songs of Experience'. The poem of 'The Lamb' represents the child's early years whereas 'The Tyger' portrays an adult (the dominator). Blake has constructed these two poems from natural views and by comparing and contrasting them I may end up with an answer on what Blake is trying to explain in these poems....   [tags: Papers Essays Blake Poetry] 1456 words
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Christian References in William Blake's The Lamb - William Blake - The Lamb William Blake's "The Lamb" is an attempt to bring up life's ultimate questions through the voice of child-like speaker. The poem is structured with the question as the first stanza and the answer as the second stanza. Blake initially introduces a naive child asking simple questions but later dives into deep philosophical theories regarding life and creation as the child in turn tries to answer those exact questions. "The Lamb" in trying to convey the answers to certain philosophical questions exhibits basic Christian creedal statements and relays certain images concerning Jesus and also tries to explain His relation to common man....   [tags: English Literature Blake] 811 words
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Innocence in William Blake's The Divine Image - Innocence in Blake's The Divine Image     Blake was both a poet and an artist and he created many Illuminated works which combined the two. These forms, each powerful in their own right are even more so when used together as in "The Divine Image." In analyzing this piece I will be looking at the elements and principles of art, the corresponding ‘elements and principles' of poetry and how they support one another to convey William Blake's idea of Innocence. Elements are the fundamental building blocks used in either art or poetry....   [tags: Blake Divine Image Essays]
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William Blake - William Blake The poet, painter and engraver, William Blake was born in 1757, to a London haberdasher. Blake’s only formal education was in art. At the age of ten, he entered a drawing school and then at the age of fourteen, he apprenticed to an engraver. ( Abrams & Stillinger 18). Although, much of Blake’s time was spent studying art, he enjoyed reading and soon began to write poetry. Blake’s first book of poems, Poetical Sketches, "showed his dissatisfaction with the reigning poetic tradition and his restless quest for new forms and techniques" ( Abrams & Stillinger 19)....   [tags: Biography Blake Poet Poetry Essayas]
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William Blake - William Blake William Blake was born November 28, 1757, in London, England. He was best known as an English poet, visionary, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Blake's work is today considered important and significant in the history of both poetry and the visual arts. He was voted 38th in a poll of the 100 Greatest Britons organized by the BBC in 2002. Blake was the third of seven children, who consisted of one girl and six boys, two of whom died in infancy....   [tags: Biography] 1327 words
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Comparing The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake - Comparing The Lamb and The Tyger by William Blake In this essay I am going to analyse, compare and contrast two poems by William Blake. They are called 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger'. I will be looking at how Blake uses imagery, structure and form to create effects and how the environment that Blake lived in affected the way he wrote his poems. In the late 18th century, the world was changing and developing into a new world quite fast. Blake was born in London, the third of five children. Because of the relatively lower middle class status of his fathers line of work, Blake was raised in a state of not quite poverty, but he saw what life could really be like if he was down on his luck, and thi...   [tags: English Literature Poetry Blake Comparison Essays] 1304 words
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Commonality In Blake's The Little Black Boy and Soyinka's Telephone Conversation - Separated by centuries, races, national identities, and countless literary movements, the English poet and artist William Blake and Nigerian poet and playwright Wole Soyinka still find commonality in their writings. They have somewhat of a thematic overlap; both Blake and Soyinka address a question of race in their poems “The Little Black Boy” and “Telephone Conversation,” respectively. The former details the story of an African child who comes to the profound realization that only after death can different races of humans be equalized....   [tags: William Blake, Wole Soyinka, Analysis]
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The Effects of Industrialization in William Blake's London - The Effects of Industrialization in William Blake's London 'London' by William Blake is one example of Blake's disapproval of changes that occurred in his lifetime. In his poem "London," from his work Songs of Experience, Blake describes the woes of the Industrial Revolution and the breaking of the common man's ties to the land, which he has brought upon himself. He describes the Thames River and the city streets as "chartered," or controlled by commercial interests; he refers to "mind-forged manacles"; he relates that every man's face contains "Marks of weakness, marks of woe"; and he discusses the "every cry of every Man" and "every Infant's cry of fear." He connects marriage and death...   [tags: Blake London Essays Poetry Poet Poem ] 1029 words
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Analysis of Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience - Analysis Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience (1794) juxtapose the innocent, pastoral world of childhood against an adult world of corruption and repression; while such poems as "The Lamb" represent a meek virtue, poems like "The Tyger" exhibit opposing, darker forces. Thus the collection as a whole explores the value and limitations of two different perspectives on the world. Many of the poems fall into pairs, so that the same situation or problem is seen through the lens of innocence first and then experience....   [tags: William Blake, Poem Analysis, Poetry] 1904 words
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William Blake's Legacy - William Blake is mostly famous for his romantic poems and significant artwork. His work was not really appreciated until the beginning of the twentieth century as his work seemed adventurous and somewhat ahead of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century because it was that different to other poets or artists around. Some of his romantic poems have bin said to have tooken a lifetime to establish as he was such a clever man and made the readers try really hard to think and read between the lines of what his poems were all about....   [tags: Biography] 815 words
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Marxism as Found in London, by William Blake - In 1848, Karl Marx became renowned for his work, The Communist Manifesto, which was considered one “of the most eloquent and undoubtedly the most influential political pamphlet ever published…” (Waugh 140). Marxism, as it later became known as, explored “the intellectual rationale of the numerous Communist and Socialist parties” (Waugh 140). The foundation of Marxist views relied on that of class struggle: “Marxist criticism must always insist upon the issue of class relations, and class struggle, in unlikely contexts no less than likely ones” (Waugh 143)....   [tags: Thematic Analysis, Social Upheaval] 760 words
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William Blake: London From Within - 5. William Blake: London From Within If we want to discover the particularity of eighteenth century London’s appearance or the details of its growth, there are both scholarly and temporary guides to consult. Through the historical background exposed in the previous chapters, in fact, we came across only to the objective point of view of the city, but if we want to discover the feel of London life, its people, its sounds and smells there is a more direct source: literature. Through poems we can understand the way the authors, like many other people, lived this specific experience....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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William Blake’s Opposition to Oppression - William Blake was a romantic poet that used The Old and New Testament of the Bible as the main source material for his poetry. (Merriman) Through his own interpretations of the Bible, he subsequently leaned towards his own style of poetry, particularly, songs of innocence and songs of experience. His focus was set on exposing the evils and cruelty of humankind through a symbolic attitude against oppression. He believed that humans have a spiritual void and try to fulfill their emptiness through their greed, and obsession with materialistic culture....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]
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Oppression and Spiritual Deterioration in William Blake's Poem London - Oppression and Spiritual Deterioration in William Blake's Poem London London I wander thro' each charter'd street, 1 Near where the charter'd Thames does flow, 2 And mark in every face I meet, 3 Marks of weakness, marks of woe. 4 In every cry of every Man, 5 In every Infant's cry of fear, 6 In every voice, in every ban, 7 The mind-forg'd manacles I hear: 8 How the Chimney-sweeper's cry 9 Every blackning Church appalls, 10 And the hapless Soldier's sigh, 11 Runs the blood down Palace walls....   [tags: Blake's London Essays]
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The Representation of the Female in William Blake - The Representation of the Female in William Blake If William Blake was, as Northrop Frye described him in his prominent book Fearful Symmetry, "a mystic enraptured with incommunicable visions, standing apart, a lonely and isolated figure, out of touch with his own age and without influence on the following one" (3), time has proved to be the visionary's most celebrated ally, making him one of the most frequently written about poets of the English language. William Blake has become, in a sense, an institution....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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The Life and Work of William Blake - The Life and Work of William Blake Although William Blake was one of the most extraordinary English poets, Blake was known in his own time as a failed Artisan. This paper will outline his works in order that we can better understand him. This paper will sight some of Blake’s works but will focus on 1The Marriage Between Heaven and Hell. Blake, being self-taught artisan, was thoroughly intrigued by the Bible and the Works of Milton. Blake’s major works attempt to create a modern myth of the World, as we know it....   [tags: Papers] 615 words
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Impressions of the People and Society Blake Lived In - Impressions of the People and Society Blake Lived In In this essay I will be exploring William Blake and the Romantic views expressed in his poems. Romanticism was an early and artistic way of looking at things which ended with Victorian age. Romantic’s supported freedom of thought, movement and life style and were against oppression of any kind. Romantic’s saw children as the future and were against child labour and the snatching of childhood. They saw the negative affect on life due to industry and viewed industrialisation as blameworthy for enslaving people and their ‘masters’ treated them badly....   [tags: William Blake Romantic Period Essays] 1938 words
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Blake's View of the Church, Government, and God - Blake's View of the Church, Government, and God William Blake 1757-1827 was born is Soho, London. He lived in London throughout most of his life and during his life witnessed many things that affected him. While walking through London Blake had a long time to think. He acknowledged that England was a very rich and powerful country and then wondered why poverty was still in existence. Blake did not go to school but he was taught at home using references from the Holy Bible. Blake was highly critical of the church the government and God because he thought that they could do more to end poverty; he was also critical of the injustices that were exposed upon society....   [tags: William Blake Poetry Poems Essays] 2087 words
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William Blake and The Garden of Love - William Blake and The Garden of Love   At first glance, the poetry of William Blake may appear simplistic; he writes most often in regular metrical rhythm, apparently sticking to the rules, blunt observations on such mundane subjects as tigers, lambs and roses.  But if one were to finish with Blake and move on, left with only these initial impressions, it would be a great pity; true enjoyment of this poet can only come about through some understanding of his life, background, and skill in the manipulation of the tool of simple lyrical poetry, to convey deeper meaning....   [tags: Garden of Love Essays] 1516 words
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Blake's London versus Paz's The Streets - "Streets"     William Blake's "London" and Octavio Paz's "The Street" both use streets as symbols. Blake analyzes the traits of the different social groups on an everyday encounter while out on the streets, whereas Paz's poem encompasses the feelings of a man on a particular journey down a street.  This is just one of many similarities in the two poems.  Both poems exude an intimate feeling of discontent, yet both are for very different reasons.  Blake's poem deals with the external conflict of a politically unstable London, while Paz's poem deals more with the internal conflict the narrator experiences as a result of low self worth....   [tags: Poetry William Blake Octavio Paz]
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The Complexity of William Blake's Poetry - The Complexity of William Blake's Poetry Northrop Frye, in his critical essay, "Poetry and Design," states; "In a world as specialized as ours, concentration on one gift and a rigorous subordination of all others is practically a moral principle" (Frye 137). William Blake's refusal to follow this moral principle by putting his poetry before his art, or vice versa, makes his work extraordinary as well as complex and ambiguous. Although critics attempt to juggle Blake's equally impressive talents, they seem to land on either one side or the other; failing to transcend, as Blake did, that moral principle of concentration....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Children in Blake’s Poetry - Children in Blake’s Poetry The use of children is a prominent theme in a number of William Blake’s poems. It is apparent in reading such poems as, “The Lamb,” “The Little Black Boy,” and “The Chimney Sweeper,” that Blake sees the world through the eyes of a child and embraces the innocence of the young. Blake’s poem “The Lamb,” from Songs of Innocence really illustrates the innocence and purity of a young child. The persona in the poem is of a young child. The child questions the lamb as to where he came from and asks, “Little Lamb who made thee....   [tags: William Blake Poetry Poets Essays] 1165 words
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Aalysis of London by William Blake -      “London” by William Blake is an emotional tale of man who is going though a crisis in his life and has found himself walking through the streets of London. It leads readers to believe that something has happened which led this man to go on a long walk along the Thames River. The last line of the poem, “And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse” tells the reader that something has happened between this man and his wife.      As this man is walking, he describes what he sees on people’s faces....   [tags: essays research papers] 377 words
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Romanticism in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake - Romanticism in William Blake's Poem William Blake was a poet, painter, and a printmaker all during the period in literature known as the Romantic time period. The Romantic time period, also known in Literature as 'Romanticism' began in Europe, mainly France and Britain around the 1800s (Barker) and it was first defined as a tool to in literature and literary criticisms (Galitz). The Romantic period did not just focus on literature, but also on the subjects of art and knowledge which was "fueled by the French Revolution" and was also "a reaction to the scientific rationalism and classicism of the Age of Enlightenment" (Foundations of Romanticism)....   [tags: enlighment era, literature, poem]
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