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

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How does Blake use ‘songs of innocence and experience’ to express his views about solidity of his day and its institutions (the church, parenting, child labour, industrialisations nature)?

Blake expresses his views, about society in his day and its institutions such as the church, parenting, child labour and industrialisation vs nature. He does this using his poetry ‘songs of innocence and experience’ the poems which discuss these themes include the Laughing Song, The Garden of Love, The Lamb, The Tiger, Infant Joy, Infant Sorrow, The Chimney Sweeper and The Chimney Sweeper. Blake use’s various techniques in his poems to highlight the issues of his society.

The enlightenment was a period of European history spanning the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It was a huge period of social, economic and conceptual change. Ordinary working people found more opportunities for work, in the new mills and factories, but these were often under strict working conditions, with long hours of labour dominated by a pace set by machines. This was the industrial revolution. Pre-industrial society didn’t change and was often cruel—child labour, dirty living conditions and long working hours were just as common before the Industrial Revolution. This stayed the same for many years.

William Blake was born in ,  on ,  and died on , . 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  was an early and profound influence on Blake, and was a large source of inspiration. He . He wasn’t so famous for his poetry until he died. He first wrote the poems of ‘innocence’ then later on he did a second part to each poem which he called ‘experience’. Together these made the ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’.

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Blake chose to live in London for the majority of his life, which was during the industrial revolution, he was concerned about the effects that industry and pollution had on his society. In his collection of poetry the ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’ he talks about nature vs industrialisation.

You can see this in ‘Laughing Song’, which is a song of innocence. In this he also uses childhood as a theme as well as nature vs industrialisation. The poem has a rhyming structure, the first stanza is, a b c c, the second is, a a ...

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