Blake And William Wordsworth Analysis

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Children are always portrayed in books as angelic beings that are the closest to being perfect since they are innocent and pure. Many would suggest that this is not true, that children can be just as finable as adults. They cry when they do not get their way and throw tantrums that are quite obscene. However, the idea of this angelic child did not come into play until the 18th century. The poets William Blake and William Wordsworth are the two poets that coined this idea of the child. In the poems of these two authors, children are portrayed as innocent and pure beings and are closer to God than adults. Although these two poets have very different views of what children are like such as their interactions with adults, their perspective on…show more content…
He and William Blake share many similarities between their writings such as the idea of the child and their pious ways. However, they differ in their upbringing. Wordsworth was from a higher social class than Blake which changes his view of children immensely. From a young age, Wordsworth was separated from his other siblings after the death of his parents. Instead of going straight into an apprenticeship like Blake, Wordsworth went to school with other children. His poetry shows the view from an upperclassman looking upon children. This brought about the idea of children and the “creed of childhood”, which was defined by his hatred of being an adult. In the eyes of Wordsworth, the worst stage of life was adulthood. Since there were more obligations and things to worry about, adulthood was viewed as a miserable time as seen in his poem “Ode: The Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood”. Throughout his school days, Wordsworth would be outside running around and being free. This was the basis for many of his poems since he describes early childhood as a time to be deliberately free and one with God in…show more content…
He portrayed their innocence through their interactions with others. Whereas in Blake’s poetry the children were shown as innocent through their demeanor or through their physical appearance. An example of this would be in Wordsworth’s poem “We are Seven”, innocence was shown through the little cottage girl’s interaction with the narrator. Her innocence was described by her beauty as well as her response to the narrator. Her answers showed her innocence since she did not know much about the topic of death. She was a small eight-year-old child that only knew that she there were seven of them, and although two of her siblings were deceased she still considered them part of her family. Innocence in Wordsworth’s poetry is portrayed through the delight and happiness of the child rather than their appearance like in Blake’s writing. In his poem “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from recollections of Early Childhood”, Wordsworth describes innocence as something that is seen through the pure joy of a child. When he writes “Heaven lies about us in our infancy” (Wordsworth), he is writing about how growing up is filled with lies. As a child they are young and innocent, but as life goes on and people age their happiness and innocence
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