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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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 's**t' (as Ginsberg might say)

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  5. "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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  6. The Tyranny of Men: Blakean Landscapes

    Thus these poetic protests can be seen to operate, at least in part, because of the unique Blakean landscapes. Blake, although a religious man, vehemently opposed the repressive and demoralizing nature of contemporary ecclesiastical dogma. This attitude is articulated in The Lamb which depicts an evocative landscape that give rise to meaning. While it is impossible to definitively ascertain Blake's intended implications, there are several plausible antinomian insights that may be gleaned through the depicted surroundings. The Lamb with its typically Romantic pastoral4 scenery generally alludes to the Bible and particularly to the Old Testaments Book of Psalms with the well known "the Lord is my shepherd"5.

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  7. An essay on the comparison of the two poems "Catrin" and the "Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience" and how they portray time and change.

    She describes the "first fierce confrontation" of labor and the process coming apart from her daughter. This then brings us into the present day, the conflicts of growing up and letting go - the example used in the poem is Catrin wanting to "skate in the dark, for one more hour". The "Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience" also shows how time changes peoples perspective on the world. At the beginning we see the views of a naive young boy and at the end we see how time has changed him into an older, more arrogant man.

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  8. Write about two pairs of poems from "Songs of Experience" and "Songs of Innocence" highlighting their differences and showing how these are made clear through Blake's poetic techniques

    In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes? Here the writer is concentrating on how the tiger was created. The writer attempts to get the reader to wonder where such a vicious animal would be created. On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand dare seize the fire? Here the writer is saying what sort of creator dares to make an animal like a tiger and on whose hand does this creation rest upon. Furthermore the writer has inputted the word 'fire' into the last line. This is because fire is a destructive element just like a tiger who is a destroyer.

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  9. Compare and contrast the themes of loss of innocence, betrayal and motherhood as portrayed in the poems 'Cousin Kate' by Christina Rosetti and 'The Seduction' by Eileen McAuley

    The repetition of the word 'Far' also emphasizes their withdrawal from society. This is a direct contrast to 'Cousin Kate' as she went to a fairy tale palace of the rich Lord, whereas the girl in the poem is going to a sordid setting. "He sat down in the darkness, leather jacket creaking madly," reinforces the dark mood of the poem. "He spat into the river," again adds to the unpleasantness of the location. "He handed her the vodka, and she knocked it back like water," this line tells us again that he is the one in control, she appears to be very nervous by the way she drinks the alcohol, like this is a new situation to her.

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  10. “Songs of innocence” and “Songs of experience”

    The "songs of innocence" were Blake's most popular poems because it told how good life was and there were simple words to pronounce. Where as "songs of experience" were shorter than "songs of innocence" and a lot more detailed and complicated writing with a deeper meaning behind them. So in total there was three "songs of innocence" and three "songs of experience". The first stage of childhood is shown in "Infant Joy". Blake's first poem of the six number one in the pair is called "Infant joy and infant sorrow".

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  • 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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