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The following poem comparisons are from the book "Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake".
At the top a woman in a green dress glides along the plant towards some children. It is thought that this plate is the contrary plate to "A Divine Image" which was produced much later in his life during the war with France. "A Divine Image", exhibits the very opposite of the attributes that were described in the Innocence version. Blake shows all his violent feelings in the illustration, which is of a craftsman furiously hammering the sun, which is pinned to the anvil.
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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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The stanza finishes by describing the poor conditions that the child has to live in. The second stanza then goes on to describe another chimney sweeper called Tom Dacre, a child who is crying because his hair has just been shaved off, the other child comforts Tom, telling him that his hair colour will no longer be spoiled by the soot. The description "That curl'd like a lamb's back" tells us that the children are treated like farm animals, and have no say in their life.
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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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The use of exclamatives, 'O!', 'Sound the Flute!' also give a child-like quality to the poems but can also make them seem quite remorseful. This is one of the main effects of the poems. The children are innocent but also unaware and disillusioned which gives a strong effect of the corruption that Blake expresses. The use of animals, especially when aspects of nature such as the animals talk, in "Night" and "A Dream" and a tree in "The Blossom", make the poems seem very mystical and fantastical.
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William Blake had a great aversion towards the Monarchy and also the Church. Blake believed that the church was corrupt and its solitary concern was to gain money from the Christians who worshipped in its buildings. Blake believed that the Church's outlook on subjects such as child poverty, child abuse and child slavery i.e. Children working long hours as chimney sweeps. His deep disgust of the mistreatment of children is illustrated throughout Songs on innocence. Blake was enormously conscious of the demise of morals in society and believed the world had desensitised.
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�Just for a moment, there was a feeling of relief. About Babe. It lasted for one single instant but it was ... unforgivable. It made me work harder, pray harder, speak louder, longer--I carried the word into every dark corner that summer. I felt as through I�d sacrificed my brother ... he was the price paid for winning--�. The quote directly displays Albert�s loss of innocence as the death of Babe had made him stronger mentally and emotionally. Although, it may be perceived that the actual death of Babe results in his loss of innocence, it is actually false.
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Blake repeats many of his questions so that the reader's curiosity is built to a climax, "Little lamb, who made thee?" Line 1 "Dost thou know who made thee?" Line 2 In addition, here we see that Blake has pre-modified the noun, "lamb." by using the adjective, "little." Before it. "Little lamb." Line 1 This emphasises how innocuous Blake wants the lamb to be portrayed and how defenceless the lamb really is. The adjectives used to describe the lamb are connotative; they make the reader feel protective over the lamb, as the lamb is portrayed as a beautiful and innocent creation.
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Chimney Sweeper Commentary - In the strong, opinionated poem entitled The Chimney Sweeper, William Blake
The first, essential choice of words is present in the title "The Chimney Sweeper." In essence, a "chimney sweeper" is associated with an individual that cleans the dirt out of the chimneys of others. Within the context of this poem, the "chimney sweeper" represents the children that are forced by society to sacrifice their innocence for the sake of society. They are, therefore, forced with an unfair responsibility brought upon the faults of others.
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'Holy Thursday' is a follow-up to one of Blake's earlier poems in the "Songs of Innocence", 'The Chimney Sweeper', which explores the lives of orphans living in London Town
These clothes could otherwise be called costumes because the act of taking these orphans to church was merely a fa�ade and the children made to act out a role. Blake strongly expresses his disapproval of this because otherwise, these same children would be forced into enslaved positions working as chimneysweepers. Their caretakers are mainly trying to gain some public approval over an otherwise unacceptable act. Blake uses the colours of red, blue and green to dress the children because these colours represent their vitality.
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How does Blake seek to influence the feelings of his readers for the victims of society which he believed was based on fear and repression rather than the brotherhood of man?
The poem makes good use of repetition, emphasising the adverb 'every' as it refers to the 'marks of woe' upon all the civilians faces. The reiteration of this is serves as a striking contrast against the initial opinion of London as a city of progress. Blake establishes that the people of London are held in 'mind forg'd manacles'. In this he is referring to the metaphorical shackles that hold every man, woman and child in poverty. Blake begins his critique of authority in the third stanza when he refers to the 'black'ning church' and the 'palace walls'.
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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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With reference to a range of poems in innocence and experience, show how Blake presents attitudes to authority.
This could represent how Blake feels about the government in that he thinks that if the government listens and looks after the public, they will trust them. Songs of Experience The Little Vagabond: Here Blake seems to be speaking out against the church authorities. He is suggesting that their lack of compassion drives people away and in order to encourage more people to attend church they should provide a warmer atmosphere, which encourages happiness and forgiveness. It also seems to criticise the Christian faith for its ambiguity.
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In the third stanza he begins to tell the story of a young and innocent couple "fill'd with softest care" who meet at dawn in a garden, as Adam and Eve met in the Garden of Eden at the dawn of time.
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Those two poems have a religious theme. Before we even read the poems we can tell by the title that those poems are opposite. The tiger is predator and the lamb is the prey of the tiger. By those two animals William Blake shows two different sides of God, as creator of lamb and tiger. In both poems Blake asked the same question. How can the same God make such a monster as a tiger and also make such an innocent animal as a lamb.
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Blake was writing at a time when revolutions in America and France had overturned the established governments and when people hoped or feared the same would happen in Britain. With reference to a range of poems in innocence and experience, show how Blake
The shepherd in this poem seems like a benign authority figure that follows his herd, "He shall follow his sheep all the day," rather than leads them. This suggests that Blake feels that Authorities should listen more to what people want rather than telling them what they want. The shepherd listens to what the sheep say and looks after them, and in return the sheep trusts the shepherd. This could represent how Blake feels about the government in that he thinks that if the government listens and looks after the public, they will trust them.
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From what we hear about Harry Gill, we would think that he has quite a good house. 'The Lady of Shalott' is set on and around the island of Shalott, which is in the middle of a river that runs past camelot. On the island there is a large house with 'four grey walls and four grey towers', which is surounded by nature (plants etc.). On either side of the river are long fields of 'barley' and 'rye'. It is set near harvest, we know this because Tennyson mentions the 'reapers', reaping early. In 'Goody Blake and Harry Gill' only characters are mentioned which are, Goody Blake and Harry Gill.
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From the beginning he uses them ambiguously to imply what he means without directly telling us. You see how relationship could work through solving discrepancies or problems, simply by talking about it; such state the lines: "I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end" (1 & 2). You can see an obvious change when the communication stops. "I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow"(3). Not only has the friend now become a foe, the anger she's keeping inside continues to fester. This implies that a deeper caring then simple friendship is transpiring between the voice and her "he".
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People were losing their moral values and Blake's world became sinister and dark. Also, political revolution internationally was occurring as the French and American revolutions happened during his lifetime. He lived in a learning world and he was confused and challenged by the world around him. Blake wrote a compilation of art called "Songs of experience" in 1794. Two of the poems in this collection were "The Tiger" and "The Lamb". These were both written with the intention of being linked and studied as two different poems to compare and contrast.
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both versions of 'The Nurses Song'), or two different poems, which are being compared by each other (e.g. 'The Lamb' and 'The Tyger'). In the 'Nurse's Song' in the songs of innocence, the first thing you notice, which indicates innocence is the 'laughing', in the second line of the first paragraph. This shows a characteristic of the children who laugh without experience. They are so innocent that they laugh as a result of something funny from their point of view. For the children it is a reflex action, because they laugh naturally as a result of happiness or fun.
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'Burnt the fire of thine eye' and 'What the hand dare seize the fire.' These are examples of how sombre his language in this poem is. Now he's asking if he made the gentle lamb how was he capable of making a beast. Experience asks questions unlike those of innocence. Innocence is 'why and how' while experience is 'why and how do things go wrong, and why me?' Innocence is ignorance and ignorance is, as they say, bliss. The poems have a very religious theme 'what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry.'
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