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    The Flowers

    The story shows Myop collecting flowers walking through the forest, taking an unknown route leads her to the body of a dead man. It is evident he man has been the victim of a racist "lynching" when the evidence is further investigated. Myop is changed and is no longer the innocent little girl she was upon entering the woods. The use of a child such as Myop is a good way to develop the idea of innocence in any story as it can be shown being taken away as a necessary part of growing up or in a more sudden way.

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  2. William Blake - Innocence represents the ideal state and experience represents the reality

    Yet this does not seem to prevent him from being innocent. The Shepherd has two stanzas. The first stanza reveals the idyllic state of innocence. Once again, it contains much pastoral imagery, and biblical symbolism, with the lamb and the shepherd, suggesting the human race is being looked after. However, the second stanza has a sense of foreboding. 'He is watchful while they are in peace' suggests that their peace is a temporary state - there is a threat of things changing. This indicates, that whilst innocence may seem like the ideal state, one cannot be innocent forever.

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  3. Essay on William Blake

    This is conveyed through the use of multiple speakers and juxtaposition of metaphoric colors. In this poem a girl rebels against the church by choosing to love and engage in sexual relations before marriage, which is forbidden in the teachings of Christianity. Blake chooses to start the poem with speaker number one who directly addresses the readers. "Children of the future Age, / Reading this indignant page; / Know that in a former time, / Love! Sweet Love! was thought a crime."

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  4. How William Blake incorporated his attitudes to society into his poems.

    Blake voices this poem not as the chimney sweep, but a passer by who talks to him. First they ask - ' " Where are thy father and mother ? Say ? " ' , which is replied to by the chimney sweep. ' " They are both gone up to the church to pray... They think they have done me no injury, And are gone to praise God and his Priest and King, Who make up a heaven of our misery. " ' If Blake put his beliefs into the child's voice, then he could be challenging his death by looking at the King in a negative way.

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    Carefully read the poem 'Washing Day' by Anna Laetitia Barbauld. Write an essay of not more than 1500 words in which you analyse the poem and comment on the poetic form and language used (for example rhyme, rhythm, metaphor, imagery, tone,word order, alli

    The preface is useful to our appreciation of the poem, its parallels (small and great and dreams and reality) and the premise of the cyclical pattern of life. This is a theme to which I shall return. The poem is written in a mock heroic epic format following an uneven iambic pentameter, with no end of line rhyming scheme. Associated to blank verse this style was commonly used by Shakespeare to depict the speech of high standing members of society, including the aristocracy and royalty, in his plays. In selecting this same format in conjunction with her references to classical themes, 'Muses', 'buskined' and 'Erebus' and use of the archaic word 'welkin', Barbauld elevates mundane domesticity to a status more associated with the writings of Milton in Paradise Lost.

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  6. How does Blake use 'songs of innocence and experience' to express his views about solidity of his day and its institutions (the church, parenting

    This stayed the same for many years. William Blake was born in Golden Square, London on November 28, 1757 and died on August 12, 1827. He was born into a middle-class family. He was the third of seven children, who consisted of one girl and six boys, two of which died in infancy. Blake's father, James made tights for a living. Blake never attended school, he was taught at home by his mother. The Bible was an early and profound influence on Blake, and was a large source of inspiration.

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  7. Explain how Blake uses imagery, form and language in these poems to express his beliefs and what their content reveals about the time in which they were written.

    This is why his themes reflect on childhood, revolution and the natural theme. In order to create the atmosphere and set the tone of the poem, Blake uses various poetic and language techniques. In 'The Lamb' he uses archaic words such as "Vales" in order to create peaceful and positive images, archaic language was also used to remind the romantics of the old, pre-industrial days, which they preferred. This enhances the innocence of the poem and helps create the natural mood of the poem. The tone that Blake sets is evident from the beginning of the poem.

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  8. William Blake was one of the first romantic poets, writing during the French and American revolutions in 1780

    along with the poet's observations of troubled citizens ('Marks of weakness, marks of woe'). The second chorus style verse expands upon Blake's views of public constraint, implying that citizens have been conditioned into believing that their lives are tolerable ('mind-forged manacles'). Examples of which kind of people should not put up with their miserable lives are provided in the third stanza (chimney sweeps, soldiers) and the poems ends with a specific development of the life of a 19th century prostitute ('harlot'). The first verse of the poem relates to Blake himself wandering through the streets of London, noting the wretchedness of the unaware citizens.

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  9. BLAKE COURSEWORK ESSAY William Blake was born in London on November 28th 1757. As a youngster he was a loner, and did

    He wanted to show the two very different, contrary sides of the human soul. He was a strong believer that opposing forces, such as strength and weakness, good and evil, are in the heart and soul of every individual. Many of his "Songs of Innocence" poems are in total contrast to his "Songs of Experience" poems. "Songs of Experience" deals with harsh realities that life and the world brings, whereas "Songs of Innocence" paints a brighter, lighter and untainted picture of the world full of innocence, the world that only children and lambs experience.

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  10. How does Blake convey his thoughts and feelings towards the treatment of children in the England of his day? In your answer, either make detailed references to one or two poems or range widely across the Songs:

    Symbolising childhood as a particular state of mind; one open to enjoyment and new experiences, through 'Nurse's Song' in Innocence, Blake presents an ideal of childhood, which at the time of composition was an extremely unorthodox view. He portrays the image of children successfully challenging the commands of their authority figure when he writes 'No, no, let us play, for it is yet day And we cannot go to sleep'... 'Well, well, go and play till the light fades away And then go home to bed'.

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  11. "Blake's Poetry is multivocal, allusive and intertextual rather than directly expressive; philosophic rather than immediately intelligible

    Blake uses very soft and mostly monosyllabic words to create a very sombre and tender mood in this poem. The mild tone of the poem adds much to the beauteous image of the lamb that is being created. Throughout the description of the beauty of the lamb the question is also being posed of who created the lamb, as is evident in the opening two lines of the poem "Little Lamb, who made thee?"/"Dost thou know who made thee?" and by asking who gave the lamb all its beautiful qualities.

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  12. Blake's "The Clod & the Pebble" - Innocence Vs Experience

    the Songs of Experience constitute the "voice of logic", the experience gained through the hardships and ordeals during the mature years in one's life. The voice of experience warns the innocent against the pain, injustice and cruelty of life and advises cautiousness. What is unique in this poem is that the two contrary visions are presented evenly in one poem. The Clod - the innocent and altruistic love - and the Pebble - the selfish and self-absorbed emotion - are given precisely the same extent in the poem to give their message to the reader and let them judge for themselves.

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  13. An essay of Appreciation of William Blake's "The Fly"

    The narrator initially questions his place in the world, asking "Am not I a fly like thee?" Blake is suggesting that the man and the fly occupy the same position in the world. Each is significant in their own way, alive in a world of their own making which will cease to exist once they die. This richness of life shared with the untimeliness of death represent the universal human experience common to Blake's poem. Both man and fly share a joie de vive, different for both, until some unanticipated or accidental event brings it to an end.

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  14. 'Romanticism was revolutionary.' In what ways is this statement true or untrue?

    The Storming of the Bastille in July 1789 aided in firing up radicalism in Britain notably amongst the working class who began to organise themselves in the 1790's. There is no question that Blake and Wordsworth were both seriously involved with politics. A Home Office Agent shadowed Wordsworth and Coleridge in 1796 and in 1803 Blake was accused by a soldier of making treasonable statements. In fact during his lifetime, Wordsworth was involved with French Royalists in New Orleans, revolutionary societies in Paris, he was acquainted with William Godwin and he witnessed the execution of Gorsas in Paris in 1793.

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  15. Novel assessment: Heart Of Darkness.

    Or we could consider these white colonialists to be, in fact, the corrupting force acting in Africa, coming to plunder and rob the African people of their homeland and their possessions. These contrasting themes help us understand Kurtz and what he stands for. His development into a fundamentally tyrannical ruler seems to be a combination of many different blurred reasons. Perhaps he has been corrupted by the brutal and 'barbaric' people that inhabit the heart of the African content, this dark and untouched world that holds the innermost secrets and ancient evil myths of these people.

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  16. Discuss Yeats' changing attitude to 'Romantic Ireland'

    The poem is populated by mythic and shadowy figures from Ireland's Gaelic past: the warrior-king Cuchulain, a druid, and Fergus, sometime King of Ulster. Despite coming from an Irish Protestant family, Yeats still paints Ireland as a Celtic idyll, and evokes it using traditional Romantic imagery - stars, the sea, woodlands, flowers. The use of the rose as a motif throughout his early work is indebted not only to the Order of the Golden Dawn, but to Blake in particular.

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  17. She Walks In Beauty - Analysis.

    _____________________ _____________________ Signature Date She Walks In Beauty - Analysis George Gordon Noel Byron's poem titled, "She Walks In Beauty", plainly put, is a love poem about a woman who the author encountered (his widowed cousin), and all of her stunning features. The poem follows a basic iambic tetrameter, with an unaccented syllable followed by an accented syllable, which synchronizes the rhythm throughout the poem. It can be found in the Hebrew Melodies, and it is found with other publications, which were completed in 1815.

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  18. Allen Ginsberg has been endlessly talked and written about for the better part of the 20th century.

    Doing this despite the pressure of fame, political backlash, drugs, changing generations, and tragic personal events is amazing in itself. His work is a testament to his life experiences which he attempts to translate in poetic form that rarely changed in principal. In my interpretation of his work, I noticed a strong spiritual force that evolved over the years (which his Blake vision and involvement in Buddism clearly did) but more importantly, a constant progression of his intention to uncover what lies underneath the 'shit' (as Ginsberg might say)

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  19. Focusing upon both 'structure' and 'function' produce a critical analysis of Craig Raine's poem 'A Martian Sends A Postcard Home'

    this quote the audience can acknowledge that this visitor has appreciated the natural beauty and mystique of clouds and mist, but can only equate the phenomenon it mechanical terms. Throughout the piece Raine uses a range of audacious figurative language as his tools to give the poem an air of defamiliarisation, as well as trying to bring the reader into the poem (the very essence of it being an observational poem creates the platform for the reader to develop their own range of signs and signifiers to both conflict and support the said observations)

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  20. Cider with Rosie presentation.

    The sense of adventure is communicated through Lee's use of metaphors and similes. Lee is showing childhood as quite a scary daunting time as well as a time when you have an extremely vivid and active imagination. Lee also portrays this time of his life as scary and daunting due to the fact it was also a daunting time for Great Britain during the war. One of Lee's major influences was that of his mother, a whole chapter is devoted to her. He had a warm and loving relationship with his mother. Lee trusted and admired her, when the stranger appeared in the kitchen Lee writes "but he was no tramp or he wouldn't be in the kitchen" and "he was a soldier, because mother said so".

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  21. "Mental things are alone real." Is Blake's visionary world divorced from the political realities of

    to name but a few. New factions of religious belief were also growing and Blake is known to have been actively involved in the setting up of The Church of The New Jerusalem which was a millenarian group who believed that the apocalypse and the creation of God's kingdom on earth was imminent. Millenarianism was a particularly important idea for artists of the day, including Blake. Millenarianists took the rebellion of the American colonies and the French Revolution as signs of the prophesied New Age in the Bible which was to last for a thousand years before Christ would come again and create 'a new Heaven and a new Earth.'

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  22. Can Blake Be Considered To Be a Romantic Poet.

    William Blake was an ardent follower of Rousseau and his beliefs. This is evident in his poems, such as The Tiger taken from Songs Of Innocence. In this poem there is a contest between the tiger and the blacksmith, the tiger being a natural, powerful, instinctive and full of energy and imagination while the blacksmith ruins, crafts and reconstructs natural materials. It is clear in the poem that Blake had a great degree of respect for the tiger and this is shown where it says: "On what wings dare he aspire?

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  23. The Sandpiper by Elizabeth Bishop is about a student of William Blake that is trying to find himself. He is looking for something

    In the final two lines of the first stanza, the poet mixes the humorous and the serious. The humorous being the juxtaposition, "controlled panic" and the serious being the reference to the romantic poet William Blake. The sandpiper responds to the roaring by running, southward. The fact that "runs" is repeated here and in other parts of the poem is significant. It is precisely this that the poet wants us to be attracted to. This forms the central mystery of the poem: hidden in the running image of the sandpiper is the unanswered question, why he does not fly?

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  24. The two poems ' The Chimney Sweeper', were written by William Blake. The two poems are telling the life of 'chimneysweepers'. 'Songs of Innocence' shows optimistic views and 'Songs of Experience' shows pessimistic views.

    Thirdly, the settings of both poems are similar, as they both seem to be set in winter. This is shown in 'Songs of Innocence' on line 23 where Tom awakes and sets off in the 'cold'. In 'Songs of Experience," there is a reference to 'snow' also showing winter. Furthermore both poems are written in first person, giving direct speech and allowing the reader to sympathise and empathise with the 'Chimneysweeps'. Finally the children's plight in each poem is the same, however the first poem, 'Songs of Innocence' expresses the children's plight in a positive way.

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  25. According to Duxford, Icon, (1999:pg4-5) English Romanticism is described as a 'renaissance of the Renaissance' and included 'distinctly contemporary modes of thought'. This theory is evident throughout the work of the romanticist William Blake.

    Personification is evident throughout his work, and his use of biblical language appears to make his poems have a spiritual feel. His poems try to catch emotion, by being split into Songs of Innocence, and Songs of Experience. Songs of Innocence uses simple language, almost as if they were written for children, however, they were emphasising the souls perfect existence, until the child would become corrupted by civilisation. The latter, Songs of Experience, appeared to address a more confident approach whilst juxtaposing the innocent and pure world of childhood, against adulthood involving corruption.

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Conclusion analysis

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  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
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  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Discuss Wordsworth's Prelude in relation to ONE OR MORE of the following: spots of time; the epic; history; childhood; nature.

    "It is possible, then to see Blake's visionary world in a number of ways; as purely concerned with the mental recreation of Eden, as a comment on and presentation of social values, or as a combination of the two. There appears to be in my opinion an inextricable link between the two polemic interpretations of his visions. A coherent social context is unavoidably necessary to permit intelligibility, and usually, as in Blake's case, political and social change are the motivating factors that inspire the need to master reality through art."

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