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Children of Britain: Examining William Blake’s Song of Innocence and Experience

Research Proposal & Annotated Bibliography In my paper, I will be discussing Marxism in a general sense and interpellation within a few poems of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience. Initially, for this paper, I will start at the wake of the Industrial Revolution and how it affected child labor within Britain. The main […] Continue reading

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The Decay of Innocence

A prominent sinister undertone runs through Blake’s “The Chimney Sweeper” in Songs of Innocence as the reader sees the Sweep’s exploitation.  Though he is forced to work, Tom Dacre remains in a state of innocence, and his imagination allows him to find hope.  Without a known identity from his parents, the idea of a heavenly […] Continue reading

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