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  1. 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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  2. '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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  3. How does William Blake use his work to show his disapproval of the society of his time

    The world of experience to Blake and other romantic writers was inevitable yet a harsh, cruel and unhappy place full of restrictions and frustration. Blake suggests in his poems that people and children are not in control of their own lives, they are not allowed to think for themselves and are restricted by a corrupt, uncaring Church and monarchy. In this essay I will discuss how William Blake objected to the poverty suffered by most of the society, neglect by the government and how children were used and not allowed a childhood.

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  4. How does William Blake use symbolism to comment on society in Songs of Experience?

    of Experience', so Blake expects the reader to have read some of the poems in 'Songs of Innocence', and to understand that when he says a "little black thing", he is not referring to the racial background of the child. And when he talks about "thy father and mother", Blake is not referring to a happily married couple. He is implying that society, religion, and the government share responsibility in the persecution and destruction of children. The ironic thing about this, however, is that a reader who does not understand Blake's intentions can still enjoy this poem.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  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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