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The `Introduction' poem to the book Songs of Innocence has a symbolic representation, and it is quite the opposite to the `Introduction' of the book called Songs of Experience

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illiam Blake is the author of the two poems that introduce his book of poems, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Both these poems have a number of meanings to them, and they both contradict one another. This is in a way that one poem is thought to be aimed for children and more childish to its opposing poem book. The reason for this is because Songs of Innocence is less hearted and not as serious as Songs of Experience. Therefore Songs of Experience is seen to be the more adult text and Songs of Innocence is more childish. Also one of the poems is faster read, and more like a nursery rhyme, happy and good. The other rhymes but not alike to the nursery rhymes you would read as a child, sad and evil. ...read more.


The `Introduction poem to Songs of Experience is very much related to Blake's beliefs in religion. A part of the first stanza is, "The holy word, That walked among the ancient tree." This has to do with Jesus and Blake's beliefs that he has seen a mystical tree full of angels. This also relates to another part of the poem in the seconds stanza, "And fallen, fallen light renew." This symbolises that the person should come back to go, and should not go away. The person's lights are now renewed and in other words, back to heaven. Introduction to Songs of Innocence is similar to a nursery rhyme; it is fast passed, mostly monosyllable words and full happy words and stanzas. The first stanza says, "Piping down the valleys wild Piping songs of pleasant glee In a cloud I saw a child, And he laughing said to me:" This is showing how the beat is fast passed and the format is very simple, yet the context is very complex. ...read more.


When reading the Introduction to Songs of Innocence you get an image in your head of the country life, from words he wrote such as valleys wild, cloud, lamb and hollow reed. This is to relate your mind to the innocent type of life, being pure, happy and friendly. When reading the Introduction to the Songs of Experience you get an image in you head of city life, with words he wrote such as control, renew, return, and worn. This is because city is a representation of experienced people, and experience is when you have done something already. These two books of poems contradict one another and both oppose each other. One is about good the other is bad. One is an adult text the other is childish. One is about not doing something the other is about already doing it. From all these coincidences of these two poems being complete opposite to one another I am confident to say that William Blake intended these two books to be matched. ...read more.

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