Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience are first and foremost songs. They are also “Christian poems, and they are often consciously didactic” (Bottrall 180). William Blake engages with history in many of his poems, his effect usually subtle and religious. It is his use of epigrammatic moments that casts a broader net. What makes Blake unique is his identity as a...
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...allel each other is confront an epigrammatic moment in history, one in the 1780s and the other in the 1960s, and show that pre- and post-civil rights a system of power still exists. In each poem, history is given new life, new experience. Each directs didactic and experiential attitude toward history by subverting the stereotype of black inexperience.
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