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Category Archives: Songs of Innocence
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
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
Who are the singers of the Songs of Innocence? An infant is born Two days old, He is nameless but happy. “Joy is my name,” He proclaimed. Joy is born with innocence and happiness. He and his Father, Walk through the mire And night befalls them. “Speak father or else I shall be lost” And […] Continue reading
My arrangement of the plates from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence aimed at recounting the observations and reflections of an omniscient narrator/onlooker. Through the my selections I formed a narrative that questions the effectiveness of religious faith as a form of personal and social governance. The poems I chose were “Holy Thursday,” “The Chimney Sweep,” and “On […] Continue reading
Tales of happy, even laughing children he had heard over and over again. The little boy yeared to be like a character of the tales he had heard. Who was picked off the lot and who was left in the herd? It was a fight and often times he would scrub his face clean to […] Continue reading
“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
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
For the post next Wednesday (1/31), students will choose 3-4 plate designs from The Songs of Innocence (from any of the editions accessible in the Blake Archive, listed under “Friends & Links” below) to create your own story about this compilation of “songs.” You will arrange these plates in any order that helps illustrate your […] Continue reading
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
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