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Show how Blake creates opposing attitudes and ideas in his songs of Innocence and Experience.

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Show how Blake creates opposing attitudes and ideas in his songs of Innocence and Experience.David Jessup 11A1 Blake creates opposing attitudes and ideas by using contrasting, emotive language and also by using characters with opposing opinions and attitudes. In "The Chimney Sweeper" Blake uses characters with different situations and lifestyles to show how distraught the chimney sweeps can be when they are sent away from their families to work at a very young age. In "The chimney Sweeper from "Songs of Innocence" the young boy is described as an "angel" and also as a "lamb", both often used as symbols of innocence and purity. Blake uses symbols of innocence as an alternative way of describing the children as innocent. He used various similes and metaphors in the Innocence poems to make the poems more light hearted and to also convey a sarcastic tone because of the obviously false descriptions. ...read more.

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In "The Nurse's Songs" the nurse holds a very different opinion in each poem and this affects the way she sees the children in the poems. In "The Nurse's Songs" from Innocence the nurse is a caring lady who responsibly looks after the children. In Experience the poem begins to show Blake's true opinions on dominating females aiming to destroy mens' personalities. Blake uses Experience to convey his harsher opinions on society and this is contrast by what he feels people think in Innocence. In "The Nurse's Songs" from both Innocence and Experience the narratore is the nurse; she desribes the children as both "my children". This is showing her good nature and kindenss in the poem from Innocence because she sees the children as her own and loves them like a mother. In contrast to this in Experience she sees the children as her own because she doesn't want to let go of them and wishes that they would live the same miserable life as she has done. ...read more.

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In "Holy Thursday" from both Innocence and Experience the narrator is a spectator on Holy Thursday, the day of the year that orphan children are paraded through the streets in bright colours as soldiers. Blake uses this viewpoint so that a neutral opinion can be gained of both a sinister viewpoint of the parade and a gratuitous viewpoint. "With wands as white as snow," show the beadles as pure and leading the children in a good cause but in Experience the beadles are shown in a different manner. "Fed with a cold and usurous hand?" showing the beadles cruelty and content to be selfish and treat the children as objects not human beings. The poem I like best of all six is "The chimney Sweeper from Experience because it takes the misuse of chilren in a bad situation and describes it in an even darker manner. "They clothed me in the clothes of death", the childs knowledge is invaluable that he knows of his inevitable detah even though he is only a young child. ...read more.

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