• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

 Comment of the way Blake uses imagery in Songs of Innocence andSongs of Experience to give different perspectives on the human condition.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Comment of the way Blake uses imagery in Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience to give different perspectives on the human condition. Blake portrays very different views on the human condition in Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience by using imagery. He uses different sorts of imagery to build a picture in the readers mind. Blake may intend to use language to associate words to a larger picture, perhaps by using connotations. ...read more.

Middle

This foreboding connotation would complement the poems tone and imply rather pessimistic views on the human condition. Blake often uses bold and striking descriptions, which appeal to the readers imaginations and often helps them relate to the poems setting, characters, or overall meaning on a more personal level. In 'Nurse's Song', Blake builds an idealised setting in the readers mind. This gives a happy and postive view on life, by describing a setting typical of dreams, or fairy stories in which evil is non-existent. ...read more.

Conclusion

'Forests of the night' is a fairly simple yet strikingly threatening line. A dark forest is the place the reader would least like to be, especially accompanied by a tiger. The use of alliteration, 'burning bright' emphasises the harsh and strong 'b' sound, and helps set the scene. Perhaps this use of the word burning is supposed to put the idea of hell into the readers mind. The physical and mechanical language used later on is extremely vivid, and one cannot help associating this with the industrial revolution, which would of been occuring at the time Blake wrote his poems. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Blake section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Blake essays

  1. How does William Blake portray children and childhood in his poetry? Discuss with references ...

    This stands out because its o longer 'echoing green' its 'darkening' dark is a negative thing. So I think Blake portrays the children as never wanting to get old, and when they do its horrible, as its so good being a child.

  2. Compare and Contrast 'The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence and Experience.' You Should ...

    and sings to keep himself occupied from thinking of bad things, like the fact that this job he is in is so bad and he has no freedom at all, only the freedom to dance and sing, but it gives people the wrong impression, as if he is happy in this job.

  1. William Blake: Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience.

    The word 'infant' originated from the Latin word 'infans', meaning 'non speaking', so that is further evidence that the baby cannot talk because of the poem's title, 'Infant Joy'. So really then, it is the mother talking to herself in the poem and not to her baby, (though she is talking out loud to her baby).

  2. Explore Blake's Chimney Sweeper poems from the Songs of Innocence and the Songs of ...

    "And so Tom awoke; and we rose in the dark, And got with our bags & our brushes to work." In the end of the last stanza Blake makes it seems as if it has finished on a high note, however Blake doesn't believe in this naive belief.

  1. With reference to at least four poems, show how they are representative of themes ...

    Thus, Blake has used the structure to reflect the changing quality of love through life's progression from ignorance to experience. Blake also uses cross referencing to the bible and some of his other poems. The God of the '"Chimney Sweeper" who '"makes up a heaven of our misery'" can be compared to the Clod.

  2. What is blake saying about the two contrary states of the human soul in ...

    degree and so the more money you had the more power and authority you had and if you were rich enough you could not only have an influence on the area of the country you lived in but also be influential in the running of the country.

  1. William Blake hated tyranny and celebrated liberty. Focusing on several poems from Songs of ...

    as in the poem "London", "In every voice, in every ban, the mind-forged manacles I hear" in Blake's mind these 'manacles' represented institution which control's people's thoughts and minds, they are symbolic of how contemporary life shackles the mind and Blake infers how people have become enslaved by their own creation of society and institutionalism.

  2. Romanticism - Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience

    The mother and father, the everyday parents who sold their son at such a young age symbolise the rest of society throughout the industrial revolution where child labour was not uncommon. A culture that was emerging that accepted such invasions of human rights, therefore along with human dignity, the value

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work