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. In
“Songs of Innocence” the language is simple and repetitive, the lines
are kept short and the rhymes are obvious. A childlike vision is
conveyed through Blake's clever use of voices with their varying
perspectives and questions. The poems reveal particular states of
being and ways of seeing which the author is not saying are the whole
truth. The poems have a joyful quality but they contain a subtle
awareness of sorrow. “Songs of Experience” contrasts strongly with the
softness of “Songs of Innocence”. These poems show how horrible and
cruel the world really is under the surface of what we see.
Blake has many themes represented in his poems from Song of Experience
and Songs of Innocence but they mainly centre on his childhood, the
aspects of rural and urban life, his protest against the horrible way
of life and a strong disliking to the way the Church was run. These
points will be discussed in the next poem analyses.
“The Tyger” and “The Lamb” are often 2 poems paired together and I think
that was Blakes intention, for example line 20 of “The Tyger” it says
“Did he who made the Lamb make thee?”
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...oem. There are many harsh
words such as “cold” used to describe the church as it is but when he
describes what he wants it to be the feeling of the poem becomes
warmer, like that of a poem in Song of Innocence.
From these poems I believed that what Blake means by “Innocence” is
that of a simple life where you don’t know about the troubles around
you and blissfully go along with life as it hits you.
And from this, “Experience” is what life is really life, it
concentrates on the negative sides of things and shows that there is
always an improvement to be made.
I personally find Blake's poems rather intriguing. At first when you look at
one of two poems it is hard to understand the ideas that blake puts
forward but after many poem analyses it becomes clear of the
difference between Innocence and Experience. Blake must have been a
very conscious man.
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