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

Ideologies of religion in William Blake's writing

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The Ideologies of Blake and his beliefs towards the society which he lives in. Intro: William Blake was born and brought up a Baptist, though he did not conform to any value within the Christian faith and even though he was married, he strongly believed that marriage should not be controlled under a legal procedure done by the authority, which at the time was the church, but instead should be fully based on what two persons feel towards each other and should be free to express that feeling. This idea is illustrated in Blake's poem, within the "Songs of experience", "A Little Girl Lost" where he asserts that "But his loving look, Like the holy book; All her tender limbs with terror shook". This passage features irony within the simile used in the line "like the holy book" which is then followed by the phrase "All her tender limbs with terror shook". This suggests that the loving look given by her father had made her feel the terror that could have been done by the holy book. Blake uses both religious imageries and literary devices derived from his profession and his religious status; where he's essentially a Christian but he had his own set of personal views about any significant events within Christianity. ...read more.

Middle

On the third stanza we are told that the boy is being led by his little coat and with following passage says that "And all admir'd the Priestly care", this is ironic because a priest is supposed to be a holy figure who does not adopt violence in their way of dealing with things but in fact, on the rest of the song we can see that the priest is abusing his authority to "take care" of the boy, such actions as stripping the boy to his little shirt and bounding him in an iron chain. The capital "P" reinforces this point as it conveys a sense of power and authority. Overall, the irony mixed with the illustrated images of violence and authority and power is used by Blake to convey his idea of how the organizations with the authority and the power are abusing it and harming people around them; with specific references to the church. Alternatively, Blake could have also been conveying his ideas of how the churches are starting to become more disconnected from God; where God wouldn't have resorted onto violence. In the fourth stanza Blake, once again, uses juxtapositions and metaphors within the poem to convey his ideas: "The weeping child could not be heard, The weeping parents wept in vain: They strip'd him to his little shirt, And bound him in an iron chain." ...read more.

Conclusion

Conclusion To conclude my points, Blake seems to be dismissing religion as unnatural, exclusive and restrictive and he believes that people should be able to pray and interpret the scriptures in their own way, without the help of priests. Blake also seemed to be very concerned with the social condition of the Britain that came with the Industrial Revolution. Above all, the whole poem is ironic as it illustrates upon how a priest punishes an innocent, small and pleading child; the fact that the priest, a messenger of God and a holy man is harming a small and innocent child is the reason for the irony. The violent and innocent imageries portrayed within the poem only further emphasize the irony conveyed within the poem. The irony portrayed within the poem is used by Blake to convey his idea of how he believes that organizations with authority and power are abusing their position and causing harm to the people around them. Alternatively, Blake could also be referring to his belief upon how he believes that the church is becoming more and more out of touch with God; where they're practicing unorthodox ways. If the church were ever to read Blake's work; they may pick upon some of Blake's criticism as some are obvious but some are quite subtle and well hidden that they may miss it. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature 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 International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. Divine Image analysis. Blake is saying in this poem that we pray in times ...

    These virtues are what we think of God to be, and therefore, is God himself. However looking more deeply into the poem, perhaps Blake has personified these characteristics because he is trying to say God is modelled on the ideal human (for we all aspire to be merciful, peaceful, loving and sympathetic).

  2. Analysis of "The verger" by William Somerset Maugham. (Text of story in Vietnamese).

    “Ông Foreman, tôi muá»n trao Äá»i vá»i ông vá» sá» tiá»n ông gá»­i tại ngân hàng chúng tôi. Ông có biết chính xác sá» tiá»n Äó lên Äến bao nhiêu rá»i không?” “Không chính xác tá»i từng Äá»ng, thÆ°a ông, nhÆ°ng tôi cÅ©ng có thá» ang áng tá»ng sá» tiá»n ấy của tôi là bao nhiêu”.

  1. Deprivation through Christian Religion in William Blake The Garden of Love

    The word “playï ï” represents childhood. This open broad space can be seen as a metaphor of hope and happiness. The “green” suggests that the child is connected to nature. However when the speaker says: “And I saw what I never seen: A Chapel was built in the midst”, he

  2. A Tale of Two Cities. Dickens was inspired to the study of the French ...

    He was on the side of bricks and mortar. He was a citizen; and, after all, a citizen means a man of the city. His strength was, after all, in the fact that he was a man of the city.

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