'Archetype InThe LambBy William Blake'

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Blakes Archetypes William Blake is one of the most famous poets in the Romantics period. A unique thing about Blake is his ability to not only write poems but to be able to combine that with his artistic ability. Every poem that Blake writes is not printed, but is handwritten with a piece of his artwork. Blake is also very well known for his two opposite Archetypes. An Archetype is when something symbolizes something else. In addition to the symbols an archetype can also have background or a story behind it. William Blake wrote four poems, The Lamb, The Chimney Sweeper, The Tyger, and Infant Sorrow where in each of these we can infer that about the two archetypes, songs of innocence and songs of experience. The Lamb by William Blake belongs in the song innocence category. When a person thinks of a lamb they think of a sweet animal who could do no harm, and this is exactly what songs of innocence means. In some ways the lamb is pure and childish. Lambs do not have anger and do not really care how things workout. In the poem, The Lamb by William Blake he explains, “Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest clothing wooly delight (lines 5-6).” Blake recognizes all the good qualities that lamb’s posses and is very positive about the lamb although it may not be the smartest animal. In God’s eye his son is lamb. To continue with the Archetype of innocence, The Chimney Sweeper is another example of a symbol. Innocence means not having experience, helplessness, and without evil. In the poem, The Chimney Sweeper Blake shows this character trait. Throughout this poem Blake tells the story of a young orphan boy whose mother died when he was very small and his father sold him to an orphanage. These events led to a very dangerous and traumatizing childhood. When a child lives in an orphanage they are used a laborer. A chimney sweeper would climb up into wealthier people's chimneys and clean them. In the story, The Chimney Sweeper, William Blake explains, “Could scarcely cry weep weep weep weep. So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep (lines 3-4).” This is a very powerful line in how the child could never wash their body. He never knew in his entire life what it was like to have a clean body, loving parents, or an

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