Category Archives: innocence

Wolf in Knight’s Armor: Civility in “Holy Thursday”

The contrasting levels of power present harmoniously in “Holy Thursday” from Songs of Innocence, like the children, beadles, and God in St. John’s Cathedral, illustrates the exertion of false power Thomas Paine and William Blake’s Moravian beliefs rejected. This civility with which the scene in “Holy Thursday” is conducted with demonstrates the way  civility fosters social hierarchies and […] Continue reading

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Family Secrets

Once lived a boy, with his mother’s love only known. Pa’ was around, but his love never shown. Ma’ would take him out to play, loved to observe the herd. The boy would point to Pa’ and say “Pa’”, Ma’ would speak no word. The boy grew and he knew Pa’ would make for him […] Continue reading

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Cloak Innocence Must Fade

The poems, “The Laughing Song,” in Song of Innocence and, “The Voice of the Ancient Bard,” from Songs of Experience by William Blake, are immensely contrasted within the content. For example, the poem, “The Laughing Song,” appears to be a non-sensical yet joyful poem about a happy laughing world. In a world, where the “voice […] Continue reading

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Heavenly Father, Why You So Far Away?

  Did you leave me or did I grow a part from you?  Were you truly always beside me or have I been to naive in believing so?  Did I abandon you or did I grow smart in realizing you are not there?  “Heavenly Father, why you so far away.” Blake’s work echoes both the […] Continue reading

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Finding Joy

Moments upon birth, joy was all Joy could hope for in his newfound future, blissfully innocent and ignorant of the horrors that he was destined to bare that would threaten this clear vision of life. Born with black skin and a white soul, he struggled to obtain joy when people with white skin and black […] Continue reading

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Lost and Found: From Bleak to Pastoral

Christopher Ingle This is the tale of two lost children, who may have never met, but have similar fates. The Little boy was following his father in the woods outside of the city, but fell behind as it began to grown dark. He could not find his father, and was soon lost in the darkened […] Continue reading

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Everybody has choices.

William Blake mentions a diverse set of topics throughout his writing. Much of his writing we’ve read thus far consists of innocence, womanhood, and the distinction between “good” and “evil.” This religious theme and connotations of good and evil can be explicitly seen in Blake’s “A Memorable Fancy.” For instance, the speaker goes on to […] Continue reading

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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

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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

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Life

In William Blake’s “Infant Joy,” he immediately presents the reader with a new born child who asserts nothing but happiness: “‘I happy am, / Joy is my name.’” (lines 4 – 5). While the child may not have a name, he/she lets the world know of their own internal state of blissfulness. Before being exposed […] Continue reading

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