Category Archives: experience

Teenagers should possess their privacy

Whether privacy is a “right” that children can or cannot have, or a privilege that teens must earn, adult surveillance shapes teens’ understanding of—and experience with—privacy. Our parents are the earliest teachers of us and their actions and way of teaching really shape us the understanding of the world of privacy. Parents as the people […] Continue reading

Posted in experience, parents, privacy, Student Posts, surveillance | Comments Off on Teenagers should possess their privacy

We are Roses with Thorns

The Lilly The Modest Rose puts forth a thorn: The humble Sheep, a threatening horn: While the Lilly white, shall in Love delight Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright. “The Lilly” in Songs of Experience, a poem so short yet it encapsulates one of the biggest themes within Blake’s collection of […] Continue reading

Posted in experience, Experience, Earth, and Adulthood (2/7), flower, metaphor, nature | Comments Off on We are Roses with Thorns

From Innocence to Experience

Children are wanted to be thought of as innocent bearers of light that are the hope for a better existence. Yet there is always that fear that they will grow up and become exposed to the truths that taint them and destroy that child-like wonder that they have. It is through the The Nurse’s Song, […] Continue reading

Posted in experience, Experience, Earth, and Adulthood (2/7), innocence, William Blake's reception | Comments Off on From Innocence to Experience

Dreaming Songs of Ambivalence

The innocence that is found in “A Dream” is bounded by the warm opportunistic tone offered in the last two stanzas, especially the last the line: Pitying, I dropped a tear: But I saw a glow-worm near, Who replied, ‘What wailing wight Calls the watchman of the night? ‘I am set to light the ground, […] Continue reading

Posted in Dreams, English, experience, Experience, Earth, and Adulthood (2/7), innocence, literature, subconscious, William Blake, William Blake's reception | Comments Off on Dreaming Songs of Ambivalence

Is Experience the Culprit? Sorrow as an Inherent Human Trait

I was intrigued to see Blake included a poem titled “Infant Sorrow” in Songs of Experience. Although I knew that Songs of Experience offered contrary poems to Songs of Innocence, “Infant Joy” was not a poem I expected to have a contrary poem. An infant is the epitome of innocence—he has absolutely no worldly experience, […] Continue reading

Posted in experience, Experience, Earth, and Adulthood (9/11), Humanity, infancy, Infant Sorrow, innocence, Songs of experience, sorrow | Comments Off on Is Experience the Culprit? Sorrow as an Inherent Human Trait