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Category Archives: innocence
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
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
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
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
In William Blake’s Songs of Innocence, “Holy Thursday”, partaking in the religious is a communal affair, one that the youth is a part of; the children are in a way facilitating the religious. The last stanza is indicative of this: “Now like a mighty wind they raise to heaven the voice of song Or like […] Continue reading
She sat in lonely darkness admiring her new born baby, the light of the moon Shining down on the baby boy as he gently was rocked into a slumber of peace. She could feel the warmth of his angelic presence hit the deepest of her heart, A sigh braking the silence as she thought to […] Continue reading
Alexander the Great squirmed in his sheets, His mother over him beckoning him to sleep He closed his eyes and tried to dream Of pleasant hills and glistening streams His mother thought him an Angel mild, “Dreaming of kisses, fairies, sunshine, sweet child” On his face innocence had dreamt Though not of nice things, […] Continue reading
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
The three images above all deal with some dimension of the likeness between God and mankind. I have arranged them in this order, moving from “The Lamb” to “Holy Thursday” and finishing with “The Divine Image” because I saw a natural sequential development of the course of the three plates. Beginning in “The Lamb,” Blake […] Continue reading