“Infant Joy” brings to light the positive personal experience of child birth from a mother’s perspective by having a conversation with the newborn. The mother asks the newborn what its name should be: “What shall I call the...
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...omfortable and as a result, the infant decides upon a negative nature in contrast to “Infant Joy.” The infant in “Infant Joy” experiences less of the world than the infant in “Infant Sorrow.” The extra experience that the infant in “Infant Sorrow” has, causes the infant to see the world in a less blissful state which results in a stifled imagination. The different perspectives from the infants prove how important personal experience is, especially in Romanticism.
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Blake, William. “Infant Joy.” The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 8th ed. Ed. Stephen Greenblatt. New York: Norton, 2006. 87. Print.
Blake, William. “Infant Sorrow.” The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 8th ed. Ed. Stephen Greenblatt. New York: Norton, 2006. 95. Print.
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