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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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This narrative poem is similar to a ballad form, as it tells its story. A third-person narrator stands back from the scene to report on events. The form of the poem uses iambic tetrameter lines, which provide a singsong rhythm. This helps to illustrate the harsh comparisons between rich and poor, as the poem flows back and forth between the two social classes. The poem has eleven quatrains, which leads us to ask if there is an "extra" quatrain (to the natural symmetry of an even number of stanzas).
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To help me convey his views on the society that he lived in I have selected two poems. All of my chosen poems are taken from the 'Songs of Experience', which shows the world as he saw it, where 'iron laws' devised by Blake's grim god, crush 'the soul of sweet delight'. One critic said that 'Blake saw that there were many restrictions in his society; his voice is the voice of freedom'. This quote shows that Blake was not afraid to highlight reality in his society, it could be said that his poems do consist of 'harsh realism' which can be seen in 'The Chimney Sweeper' and 'The Little Vagabond'.
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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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Blake appears to be admirable of the Tiger and it's beautiful 'symmetry', and also praises the intricacies of it's workings, but there is a sense of Blake being afraid of the Tiger, with him commenting on it's 'deadly terrors', his use of the word 'dare' instead of 'could' and also in the way that Blake is afraid to question the tiger directly, as he did the lamb, but instead employs rhetorical questions such as 'What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?'.
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Goliath, but with an even more diminutive hero(ine) against an even more incredible giant. Perhaps her Goliath is a law that she opposes or a corporation she feels is corrupt. Regardless of the "enemy," the allusion to David and Goliath serves to show that the poet is clearly undertaking a difficult task. The second stanza expresses the poet's bemusement at her failure, despite the difficulty of the task. She says that she clearly aimed her "pebble," as David had against Goliath, but she was the one that fell.
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How the two contrary states of human soul are reflected in the "Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience."
The study of the poems in the two groups shows the two contrary states of human soul. In the 'Song of Innocence' Blake depicts the happiness and innocence of a child; to the child the world is a world of simplicity, innocence, purity, happiness and security. In this stage of life love radiates the human soul and it mitigates human sufferings. But the 'Songs of experience' are totally apart from the childlike vision of the 'Songs of Innocence'. The world in the 'Songs of experience' is a world of cruelty, tyranny, repression, evil, guilt and suffering.
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The child's dream shows that there is still some presence of hope and fantasy in his mind. The poem has a gentle and soft tone. This is a contrast to the uneasy rhyme and mood in the Songs Of Experience. In that poem, rather than optimism, there is a feeling of resignation in the silence of the child; 'And because I am happy and dance and sing, They think they have done me no injury,' One of the most noticeable features in the Songs Of Innocence 'The Chimney-Sweeper' is its naivety. To an outsider in this day and age we can see that the child was not fully aware of his situation and the life he had ahead of him.
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How do the poets of the late 1700s condemn the social conditions of their time? In your answer you should refer to five poems.
The poem has a rhythmic structure similar to a nursery rhyme to subtly reflect the child's purity and innocence. William Blake cleverly creates a link between the innocent voice of the child and the cry of the chimney being swept. 'Scarcely cry weep weep weep weep'. This ironic comparison echoes the child's innocence in the readers mind. In the second stanza the poet emphasises the realism of these barbaric happenings. 'There's little Tom Dacre' Giving the child a name reminds the reader that the child is real and individual, enhancing the condemnation of the social conditions. On the same line Christ is linked with barbarism.
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Foregrounding is achieved, by breaking the rules of language, that is sound, grammar and meaning to place the reader in the text. Thus, the reader is surprised into seeing the image, hearing the sounds and feeling the emotions. The English Language is classified according to the way words are arranged in sequence and it is referred to as a subject verb object or SVO language. This is because the subject always comes before the verb and the object that is being referred to follows the verb.
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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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There are many words in the poem that relate to innocence e.g. multitudes of lambs, white as snow. Also noticing in the title it is 'Songs Of Innocence.' While in 'Holy Thursday 2' the title is 'Songs of Experience.' The poem has a slightly different name but the theme is contradictive of the happiness of the children in Holy Thursday 1. Holy Thursday 2 talks about the children of poverty who are 'reduced to misery.' Casabianca on the other hand talks about the role model a child should have, in this case the boys role model happens to be his father, who passes away.
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During childhood one may see the movement from innocence to experience, this is leaving the comfortable, secure world and entering the more complex, adult world of life. It appears that Greene's characters are taken into the uncomfortable, 'Shabby' world of experience. In some cases this crossing of the border between the two states is accidental, and this unprepared, unpleasant encounter may have an impact on the individuals life as an adult. As I will mention later, Phillip's accidental encounter with the adult world affects him psychologically.
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Another on-line service Mrs Blake uses is banking. Mrs Blake pays her bills on-line again to save time. If Mrs Blake brings work home, it is usually to write family letters. Therefore, she will use Microsoft Word to produce these. To save her work she uses a memory stick, which she attaches to her key ring so she will not misplace it. She finds these a lot better than floppy disks because she always used to loose and break them. Another programme Mrs Blake uses at home is Picture it, Print it, where she produces thank you notes, cards for all occasions, invitations, and food menus.
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The boy's concern with the English child suggests that he has been exposed to white culture and that probably, given the vast transport of blacks to England and America, he has been sent to England. He has lived among the white children while being neglected and discriminated by them. Through the expression, 'I am black, but O! my soul is white', we can see the boy unknowingly has a racial prejudice and Christian recognition that a soul is superior to a body.
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For example, they often don't mind looking 'weird' to their parents as long as they look OK to others. In the search for an independent identity, teenage behaviour may include rejecting or rebelling against family values. Feelings of self-consciousness and insecruities and may be acted in a form of anger. War, is h**l as we all know, Five Quaters of the orange is a perfect example of a mother and daughter relationship with a communication break down. The novel exposes the ugliness of war from the viewpoint of three neglected children living in german-occupied french village during World War 2.
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us to believe that this state of bliss can last forever, or is it intrinsic to the state of innocence that there will be future change, as with sleep we cannot forget the inevitable awakening? The lexis used is very soft and Blake uses many different rhyme schemes and literary techniques to create the sort of religious lullaby effect, and he uses this apparatus of the lullaby to create a harmonious feel, like the relationship between man and god. There are rhyming couplets in each quatrain, and in each one the phonology is soft with assonance - 'sweet dreams' - enjambment - 'sweet dreams form a shade, O'er my lovely infants head,' - and adjective strings - 'happy silent moony'.
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'In songs of innocence and experience William Blake reveals the contrary states of human existence - What does his portrayal tell us about his experiences and those of humanity in general?
The impression is given through research of the illustrious writer's background, that he was religious from a very young age as he was born in 1757 which was still, of course, a very religious time and at the age of just 4 he claimed to have received a vision of God's head in a window. Blake only had a sister called Catherine after his brother, Richard Blake, died in infancy in 1762 and John Blake also died in infancy; until Robert Blake was born (who later went on to die at the age of 21)
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The tiger therefore represents all evil there is that exists in the world, but this is seen a s acceptable because without evil, there is nothing with which to compare good and consequently there can be no existence of good, such as the lamb. 'The Lamb' is therefore in complete contrast and represents all that is good in the world. The word 'lamb' connotates images of innocence and wholeness and is for this reason, compared to a child, which implies sweetness and goodness.
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Blake published these two collections in one volume and the title of this was "Showing the two contrary states of the human soul." 'The Sick Rose' is present in the 'Songs of Experience" collection, in which he examines the bleaker aspects of life and reality, including fear, jealousy, hatred and greed. 'The Sick Rose is not a poem of great joy and pleasure, but it is a poem which represents a symbol of a passion for something which has been destroyed.
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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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But this description isn't made only with the environment. Myop, the character of the story, takes an important place in the formation of the wonderful day description, the author shows the joy of this girl "It seemed to Myop as she skipped lightly from hen house to pigpen to smokehouse that the days had never been as beautiful as these." Alice Walker then makes you know that your idea of a fairy tale is right and that her written girl felt inside of one of this type of stories.
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William Blake - Songs of Innocence and of Experience - Compare and contrast the poems indicating briefly how far you consider each an appropriate introduction to the poems that follow it.
In the first Introduction we see a shepherd with a pipe, he is leading his flock of lambs. Blake uses the image of the lambs as an image of innocence throughout the Songs of Innocence. This image relates directly to the poems that follow where most of the poems include images of the lamb being related to Jesus Christ as humble and also innocent. There is also an image of a child, which is another image of innocence used by Blake in the writing of his Songs of Innocence.
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An Analysis of a selection of poems by William Blake; a consideration of the contrasting states of innocence and experience.
He was ahead of his time. And in some respects is ahead of ours. In his poems, Blake used the opposing states of Innocence and Experience to make contrasts between how life should be and how life is. He wrote two anthologies of poems entitled " Songs of Innocence", written in 1789, and "Songs of Experience" four years later in 1793 that explored the details of these states. Blake was keen to put across that in Innocence and Experience there came two meanings, of mind and of Situation.
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We see in the later chapters how Estha does the exact same thing as Rahel. In a later chapter (when we jump back to the past), we learn that Ammu, Baby Kochamma, Chacko and the twins are going to Cochin, to pick up Margaret Kochamma and Sophie Mol. They are planning to the take Estha and Rahel to see "The Sound of Music" the twins' favorite movie. The excitement they show on the way there emphasizes on how children can only think of one thing and nothing else when they are about the do something very exciting for them.
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