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Blake presents humanity and the natural world in every poem of the Songs of Innocence.

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How does Blake present humanity and the natural world in the songs of innocence? Blake presents humanity and the natural world in every poem of the Songs if Innocence. Introduction is a typical 18th Century pastoral poem, showing the strong relationship between adults and children. There is a definite feel of equality throughout the poem. The content of the poem with four demands and 4 answers shows a sense of trust and affinity in the natural world. The simplicity of language and form in Introduction are appropriate to the themes of innocence and nature. For example, the very regular rhyme scheme of iambic pentameter and rhythm. This was most likely due to Blake's desire not to compromise message with form. ...read more.

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The fact that this picture of serenity is a dream enhances the sense of innocence. However, another perspective could be that this dream like state only suggests a lack of reality within the poem. The laughing song shows an idyllic pastoral scene. The juxtaposition of all living things suggests harmony of the natural world in pastoral life. This is emphasised with the repetition of 'laugh' showing the profusion and abundance of harmony in nature. The multitude of adjectives used are simple but effective and appropriate. Blake's rare use of these enhances their effect. The refrain of the laughing song is simple, silly and fun. It epitomises the feel of the poem: that against this idyllic pastoral scene is where true happiness and harmony is found. ...read more.

Conclusion

Here, Blake speaks of God like qualities, mercy; compassion; pity and love. Blake explains his view that all creatures have the capacity for these qualities and we are united by them. Man is seen to be God like in the second stanza, referring to the biblical idea that man is made in Gods image. The final stanza speaks of the brotherhood of man and the unity in humanity. This poem is very modern and would have been quite controversial for the time in which it was written. It neither criticises or condemns the variation in mankind. He speaks of a melange of people, creed, religion etc. this idea is again demonstrated with the irregular rhyme. However, the regular rhythm shows the uniformity and regularity of humanity despite these differences. To conclude, both humanity and the natural world are shown in a positive light throughout the anthology. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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