Category Archives: Songs of Innocence and Experience

“Objects of Charity”: Capitalist Philanthropy in Songs of Innocence and of Experience

My paper will provide a Marxist analysis of charity schools and how these institutions foster capitalism. The presence of religion in the poems of Songs of Innocence and of Experience makes it easy to overlook the greater social issues that underlie the texts. This paper argues that through the alienation of children characters by religious […] Continue reading

Posted in Capitalism, Holy Thursday, Research Abstracts (11/20), Songs of Innocence and Experience, the chimney sweeper, Uncategorized (you sucker!), William Blake | Comments Off on “Objects of Charity”: Capitalist Philanthropy in Songs of Innocence and of Experience

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

Posted in Capitalism, child labor, Experience, Earth, and Adulthood (9/18), Industrialization, Innocence, Eden, and Childhood (9/11), narrative, Research Abstracts (11/20), Songs of Innocence and Experience, William Blake | Comments Off on Children of Britain: Examining William Blake’s Song of Innocence and Experience

To Allow One’s Sleep, Is to Allow One’s Dream

When reading “Little Girl Lost,” by William Blake, the first immediate difference that I noticed was the difference in detail, length of the poem, and specificity of imagery. “The Little Girl Lost” begins with two stanzas that appear to be describing a vision- a moment of clarity where one is able to reflect and shift […] Continue reading

Posted in Experience, Earth, and Adulthood (9/18), life, Little Girl Lost, sexuality, Songs of Innocence and Experience, the mind | Comments Off on To Allow One’s Sleep, Is to Allow One’s Dream

The Lamb and The Earth: Denying Dichotomy

William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience are dichotomized into two categories: one of the newness of childhood and another that is tainted by the perils of misery. However, although the poems differ in form and attitude, there are also parallels and threads that beg to be analyzed by the reader. The poem EARTH’s Answer. from […] Continue reading

Posted in Binary Oppositions, Earth's Answer, Experience, Earth, and Adulthood (2/7), Songs of Innocence and Experience, The Lamb, Unity, William Blake, William Blake's reception | Comments Off on The Lamb and The Earth: Denying Dichotomy

William Blake and Enlightenment Media 2018-01-31 09:47:09

The following story line reveals the “Innocence” of a child’s understanding, or lack thereof.  While in some of the writings I wrote the mother as the speaker, it is to be inferred that the child is listening, but again with a naivety.  Blake wrote much about the innocence of children in “Songs of Innocence.”  In […] Continue reading

Posted in art, Blake Archive, Innocence, Eden, and Childhood (1/27), Songs of Innocence, Songs of Innocence and Experience, William Blake | Comments Off on William Blake and Enlightenment Media 2018-01-31 09:47:09

What do we expect to come out of the mouths of babes?

At first, the twin poems “Infant Joy” and “Infant Sorrow” seem to present contrary understandings of childhood. The infant in “Infant Joy” knows only happiness, presumably because he is just two days old and has no experience of the world. Indeed, the child’s separation from earthly reality is conveyed by the illustration, which suggests the […] Continue reading

Posted in Experience, Earth, and Adulthood (9/11), ideas about childhood, limits of experience, Songs of Innocence and Experience | Comments Off on What do we expect to come out of the mouths of babes?

The Clod & the Pebble

“The Clod & the Pebble” lacks an obvious contrary in the Songs of Innocence, itself containing its own internal dissonance and not requiring a counterpoint. The tension is that between the malleable and the rigid, self-abnegation and assertion of the will, acquiescence and defiance.  The clod is flexible and yielding and thereby subsumed into a greater […] Continue reading

Posted in dialectic, Love, Songs of Innocence and Experience, The Clod and the Pebble, William Blake's reception | Comments Off on The Clod & the Pebble

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

Posted in contraries, Contrary Nature in Songs of Innocence, contrary states, Experience, Earth, and Adulthood (2/7), Songs of experience, Songs of Innocence and Experience | Comments Off on The Contrary States