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QUESTION- DISCUSS BLAKE'S PRESENTATION OF CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD IN THESE POEMS. PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO * LANGUAGE AND STYLE * SOCIAL/HISTORICAL BACKGROUNG * THE POET'S DISTINCTIVE USE OF FORM AND STRUCTURE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ William Blake was a poet. He had a very interesting life. Although some thought he was crazy or insane, others enjoyed his work so he kept on writing. William Blake was a very good poet despite what some might say. Blake wrote in the 18th century. He wrote his poems and placed into books, two of which we looked at were "Songs of Experience" and "Songs of Innocence". Blake wrote a number of short poems in various notebooks, some of which are rather more accessible than the Prophetic Books and even than the poems of Innocence and Experience (These are the paired books that make up Blake's best-known work: the sets of poems about innocence and experience together illustrate 'the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul'). At this time a lot of children had to work as a result of the industrial revolution. ...read more.


The fact that then they may pass or be passed on sexually transmitted diseases "And blights with plagues the marriage hearse" this helps to show that the problem is occurring. London shows a very negative view of childhood. Children should not be treated in this way at all. The next two poems Chimney Sweeper Innocence and experience talk about the jobs the children had to endure in more detail. In the Chimney Sweeper (Innocence) the children are treated very badly. This poem is told from the child's perspective. He is innocent hence the title. Blake is asking us to be outraged for this innocent child. We hear that before he started sweeping the chimneys, he had already had bad experiences, with his mother dying and his Father selling him. "When my mother died I was very young And my father sold me while yet my tongue" Above are the opening two lines of this poem. It shows that his mother died and his father sold him, all when he was very young. ...read more.


The final poem that I will look at is The Eccohing Green. In this poem we do not hear the harsh sounds of London but the harmony of the Eccohing Green. We see people as one, purity and the adults and children as one. It also shows how the rural life is staying the same from generation to generation "Such, such were the joys When we all, girls & boys In our youth time were seen on the Ecchoing Green." This shows that the children live staying the same in society. Where as in the other poems the situation is getting worse every year. Although it is staying the same at the end of the poem it gives a sense of getting worse. To conclude the presentation of children on the whole has been negative although Ecchoing Green is the only contrast. From looking at Blake's poems I have learned what it must have been like for children of my own age back in the 18th century and what their lifestyle must have been like. Another key point that I have learned is what our capital London would have been like back in the Industrial Revolution. ?? ?? ?? ?? POETRY EAMONN KEARNEY ...read more.

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