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Q) Write an essay in which you explore the different ways in which Blake uses images of animals, plants and natural world. William Blake was born in 1757 in London and died in 1827. His most famous works are called "Songs of innocence" and "Songs of experience". "Songs of innocence" written in (1789) were easy to understand, very simple vocabulary, simple verses, with ideal, happy and pastoral locations. In Contrast "Songs of experience" written in (1794), had more difficult ideas and vocabulary, with negative views, which where realistic and sad. In this essay I will be studying how Blake uses animals, plants and the natural world to create pictures for the reader of what he thought life was like in eighteenth century England. I will be comparing, "The Echoing Green", "The Garden of Love" and "Laughing Song". These poems contain an extensive amount of visual images of "Green" which will help me compare the different ways in which Blake uses the images of animals, plants and natural world. To embark on "The Echoing Green", this poem is a very calm, joyful and positive poem. It consists of happy people, happy children and a beautiful natural landscape, which is pastoral. Pastoral is another word for the rural location, where there are animals and other natural life such as trees and plants. At the location there are many different sporting games in progress and children under the supervision of parental figures. ...read more.


The garden of love has an ABAB rhyming scheme in the first stanza and Blake has kept the stanza very short and simple. Which is very childlike as is "The Echoing Green," as technique I think should be altered, as "This Garden of love" is an experience poem and should be more complicated. The religious aspects in "The Garden of Love" that have been brutalised suggests that Blake took Christianity in a negative approach in this poem. 'The gates of this Chapel were shut.' This shows how the doors to god are not open, in fact god has closed all doors to him, and this is why this poem was placed in the "songs of experience" rather then in "songs of innocence." This poem is of someone who is experienced and has seen more of life to come to this assumption that God could be biased or even uncaring. Furthermore when you are young and innocent you only look up to your parents for protection and guidance, but once you reach a stage where you no longer have that parental hand over your head you start to look for other means of guidance and protection and look towards God. This is contrasted with "the lamb," "the lamb" is about god opening his doors to the lamb by asking it religious questions and by answers then himself, almost as if he was teaching people. ...read more.


has been used to end the poem. "The Garden of love" is a poem with lots of religious comments. All of the links that have been made to religion and the church are all negative and we sense this form the first stanza, which is supported by "A Chapel was built in the midst." Midst mean in the middle, and a church was built in the middle of a place where that writer played in the past. Now moving onto the second stanza where the negative comments are further more given to the reader, "Chapel were shut" showing how the doors to the chapel that was built on the land that the writer played and how they are now shut to the public, and the writer could be hinting extreme dislike towards religion. Furthermore the third stanza backs up this opinion of mine, "I saw it was filled with graves", this quote shows how the narrator only noticed the negative points of the chapel and not the positive religious aspects. In conclusion, there have been many natural features shown throughout all three poems. The poem reflects what William Blake thinks of animals, plants and the natural world. Blake has also described social aspects within his poems, which creates an unreal texture in "Laughing Song" and "The Echoing Green". In contrast "the Garden of love" has been shielded from social activity as he describes that the gates towards god are not shut. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Hardik Patel (c) ...read more.

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