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William Blake's poems.

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Much of William Blake's poems are cynical and even satirical of a society who thought themselves to be almost perfect. He wanted people to question what they had always done, and whether it was morally right. He did so by using varying techniques that set up clashes between ideologies and value systems. From the poem The Chimney Sweeper from the "Songs of Innocence" and the poem London from "Songs of Experience"; we see that employing poetic techniques to set up such clashes is relatively evident in his poetry. These clashes are due to changing ways of thinking which are also evident in Simon Langton's Pride and Prejudice. Jean Jacque Rousseau once said that "man is born free and everywhere he is in chains", which refers to the way we've devised political systems for ourselves that don't allow us to be free. ...read more.


However, Blake is now focusing on Tom's loss of Individuality. This loss of individuality is due to his social status in the community. The use of imagery and similes once again sets up a clash between the accepted use of children as chimney sweepers and the values that they lose their individuality as a result of it. In the poem London, Blake expresses his critique through the usage of a progression of symbols that spread out from the "charter'd street" to encompass the whole city where the persona notices every face he encounters "marks of weakness, marks of woe". The city is therefore represented as an alienating and constricting environment and everybody is marked by it. Society marks individuals due to their family background and connections which restricts the acceptance of Elizabeth Bennet by Lady Catherine De Bourgh who states "but who is your mother', Lady De ...read more.


These changing attitudes towards the church are reflected within Darwin's theory of evolution. Naturalist Charles Darwin went against the traditional way of looking at the creation of man. The traditional belief of "god created man "was challenged by what he calls the origin of species. Darwin believed in natural selection which meant that random variations occurred within species and allowed them to dominate over other species without this variation, which is ultimately meant survival of the fittest. It is clearly evident through the poems "London" and "The Chimney Sweeper" from the Songs of Experience and Innocence respectively, that Blake's poetry, and Simon Langton's Pride and Prejudice depict changing way of thinking in the late 18th century, as conflict between ideologies and values systems takes place. It is tradition that keeps societies, families and communities under control, but when these traditions are challenged, conflict with obviously increase and a new value systems and ideologies will be introduced into society. ...read more.

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