Category Archives: Songs of experience

The Mind is a Powerful Place

 In The Divine Image from The Songs of Innocence, Blake is addressing Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love. This poem takes all four aspects and individually connects them to the aspects of humanity; where “Mercy has a human heart” which is personifying an emotion (l. 9). To “Pity, a human face / And Love, the human form […] Continue reading

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“Pixar Movie about a Tiger/Beetle” by Bradley Dexter Christian Dual powers contend in William Blake’s “A Dream” from Songs of Innocence and “The Tyger” from Songs of Experience, reminding me of the climax from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book in which the main antagonist, a tiger (Shere Khan) battles the Red Flower. The poems illustrate […] Continue reading

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Holy Thursdays

Last week, I explored “Holy Thursday” from Songs of Innocence. In considering which two poems to examine as contraries, I immediately became interested in expanding my exploration of the original “Holy Thursday” by comparing it to its twin of the same name in Songs of Experience. The first difference I noted is the lack of […] Continue reading

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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

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The Contrary States

For next Wednesday (2/7), students will analyze a poem from The Songs of Experience that has a “contrary” or negative twin poem in The Songs of Innocence.  How do these contrary poems/designs mutually inform, interrupt, or revise each other in a manner that is not apparent when these poems are read in isolation? Alternatively, students […] Continue reading

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