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Category Archives: Songs of Innocence and 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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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