Analysis Of The Songs Of Innocence By William Blake

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Why did William Blake decide to illustrate his own poems? In 1789, he published Songs of Innocence, and in 1794, he published its partner Songs of Experience. While it is not unusual for authors to publish their poems, Blake’s sets are different because he not only wrote the poems but illustrated and printed them himself. Blake could have done this because he could. He had experience and skills as a printer, but because he created the illustrations himself, it is possible to use them to find a deeper meaning for each poem (Lynch). This could have possibly been his intention. Using this, one can find more meanings for his pieces even when the illustrations do not necessarily compare with their poem. The Tyger is an example of a poem that has an illustration that does not seem to match the poem. In the poem, the narrator describes a creature that is so fearsome and terrifying that he wonders about who created the tyger, but in the illustration, the tyger looks very harmless and almost like a cute little house cat. While the picture does not show the tyger’s fierceness, it could be showing something else. In the poem, the narrator inquiries about the creator. He wonders if the one…show more content…
In one of the illustrations, the Little Black Boy is still black when he meets God even though in the poem he claims that color will no longer matter. The way that they are standing is very interesting too because the poem suggests that they will be equal, but the Little Black Boy is described as standing behind the child and in the picture, he is standing behind the white boy. This could be another example of Blake showing how innocent people and naïve people are close to the same thing. The boy thinks one way, but Blake is showing the reader the way things really are through his
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