27 October 2017
William Blake and His Poetry William blake once said, “In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.” William Blake is known for the love of his gothic art which influenced countless writers and artists through the ages. He was a nineteenth century writer and artist who was regarded as a seminal figure of the romantic age. He has been deemed both a major poet and an original thinker. To get an understand about William Blake's poem is to ask yourself “What is the poem doing?” and “How is it doing that?”. Throughout the essay, an exploration of William Blake’s life and accomplishments will provide along with an analysis of his poems, The Lamb and The Tyger. William blake was born on November 28, 1757, Soho, London where he begun his early writing at a young age. He was misunderstood for the poetry, artistics and visionary that he had throughout most of his life. (biography.com). As he wrote romantic movement which was centered on human spirituality and expressiveness with a focus on nature. (study.com). His poems have lyric aspect, meaning they are very expressive of his emotions and have a melodic quality as later on in his life, he turned more and more toward religion, seeing the bible as the ultimate references to all that is good and evil. (study.com). Blake married catherine sophia boucher, who was illiterate, so he taught her how to read, write, draw,
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“The Chimney Sweeper” (128): This version of the Chimney Sweeper is very upfront and saddening. The version that is presented in the songs of innocence is much more of a calm town and is not as straightforward, while this version is very short and to the point. In this version its very deep as the narrator basically just calls out the parents/church for doing these horrible things to the children. I really love all three stanzas of this poem because they all have a really deep meaning and Blake transitions through them very well. Reading this poem over and over I don’t know what to make of it other than it is an absolute horrible situation. I think it can be tied in to
Before watching your presentation, I only knew the basics regarding William Blake. There are various interesting things that you mentioned that I did not know about. For example, you mentioned how he was more commonly known for his art rather than his poems. His art as a whole is really interesting. You mentioned how he took his encounters with the people around him, his brother’s death, and visions and reflected them into his work. One thing from that list that stood out to me the most were his visions. He was able to take his visions and portray them in his paintings even when many people found it difficult to understand the meanings behind it.
The Romantic Period centered on creative imagination, nature, mythology, symbolism, feelings and intuition, freedom from laws, impulsiveness, simplistic language, personal experiences, democracy, and liberty, significant in various art forms including poetry. The development of the self and self-awareness became a major theme as the Romantic Period was seen as an unpredictable release of artistic energy, new found confidence, and creative power found in the writings of the Romantic poets Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, and Shelley, who made a substantial impact on the world of poetry. Two of the Romantic poets, William Blake, and Percy Bysshe Shelley rebelled against convention and authority in search of personal, political and artistic freedom. Blake and Shelley attempted to liberate the subjugated people through the contrary state of human existence prevalent throughout their writings, including Blake’s “The Chimney Sweepers,” from “Songs of Innocence”, “London,” from “Songs of Experience” and Shelley’s A Song: “Men of England.”
William Blake was an artist and poet. He was born in England in 1757. He unlike any other poet was not educated in religion and literature, and instead he was sent to drawing school. He love writing poetry so when he died at age seventy he died doing what he loved. Before he was a poet he worked as an apprentice to engraver who carved pictures into plates then the were use for printing.
At the very beginning of the poem, [we see] Blake castigates (the aristocrats of London who capitalize on the suffering of the poor/ impoverished workers,,,. So the poem starts with a criticism of laws relating to control and ownership)c4 as clearly expressed in the lines below:
William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, printed in 1794, “represents the world as it is envisioned by what he calls ‘two contrary states of the human soul’” (Greenblatt, 1452). This collection of poetry is accompanied by pictures, which create a mutually reliant relationship that allows for complete understanding of Blake’s works. “To read a Blake poem without the pictures is to miss something important: that relationship is an aspect of the poem’s argument” (1452). Overall, Blake’s works in Songs of Innocence and Experience provides a greater understanding into human life. Through poetry, Blake juxtaposes the innocence of childhood with the corruption of adulthood. Thus, his work allows the reader to see situations from a double-sided lens of innocence and then of experience. These two perspectives, known as the “two contrary states of the human soul”, are independent and each poem is accompanied by another poem; the poem ““Infant Joy” is paired with “Infant Sorrow” and the meek “Lamb” reveals its other aspect of divinity in the flaming, wrathful “Tyger”” (1456). In Songs of Innocence, published in 1789, celebrates the innocence and untainted nature of childhood but it also doubles as a warning to adults. It warns them that the corruption of society and culture is to come and in Songs of Experience, a state of being that encompasses the loss of childhood vitality and corruption caused by social and political influence. The “innocence” and “experience” that Blake
When reading the poem, The Lamb and The Tyger written by William Blake, it was extremely confusing as the reader has no idea what Blake is talking about without doing further research. As the reader begins to research more about the author and the poem itself, the reader will come to find out that the poem was a part of one of William Blake’s larger works entitled Songs of Innocence. It will begin to become clear to the reader very soon after reading the poem, why a poem like the Lamb would be in such a work. The poem the Lamb is all about God. It poses the difficult yet simple
Northrop Frye, in his critical essay, "Poetry and Design," states; "In a world as specialized as ours, concentration on one gift and a rigorous subordination of all others is practically a moral principle" (Frye 137). William Blake's refusal to follow this moral principle by putting his poetry before his art, or vice versa, makes his work extraordinary as well as complex and ambiguous. Although critics attempt to juggle Blake's equally impressive talents, they seem to land on either one side or the other; failing to transcend, as Blake did, that moral principle of concentration. Blake, not only controlled his art and poetry through innovative printing techniques, but controlled how his readers
William Blake was a poet, painter, and engraver, who was born in Soho, London on November 28th 1757. Blake lived in London at a time of great political and social change. The Industrial Revolution took place in 1760, the American Revolution began in 1775, and the French Revolution began in 1789, and all of these revolutions greatly influenced William Blake’s writing. Blake wrote his world famous Songs of Innocence in 1789 and later combined it with additional poems titled Songs of Innocence and of Experience in 1794. In this collection of romantic poems Blake conveyed that he is writing about innocence and happiness, but on the contrary they convey quite the opposite. Blake’s poems represent a state of the human soul and incorporate evil, suffering of human beings, injustice and a fallen world altogether. These poems represent the disease, poverty, prostitution, war, social repression, sexual repression, institutional repression that befell London at the time of his writing. Many of Blake’s poems portray the Industrial Revolution in a negative light because of all the harm it brought. These revolutions changed the way people viewed their relationships with the church, as well as the state, and William Blake was heavily affected by the greed and cruelty toward the common worker during the Industrial Revolution. His poems in Songs of Innocence were written in a child’s point of view whereas the poems in Songs of Experience were written in an adult’s point of view that was
William Blake was born in 1757 during a time when Romanticism was on the rise. Romantic poets of this day and age, living in England, experienced changes from a wealth-centered aristocracy to a modern industrial nation where power shifted to large-scale employers thus leading to the enlargement of the working class. Although Blake is seen as a very skillful writer his greatest successes were his engravings taught to him by a skilled sculpture. Blake differed from other poets in that he never received a formal education. His only education consisted of the arts, and therefore he enrolled in the Royal Academy of the Arts around the age of twelve. It was only in his spare time that he showed any interest in poetry. At the
William Blake is one of England’s most famous literary figures. He is remembered and admired for his skill as a painter, engraver, and poet. He was born on Nov. 28, 1757 to a poor Hosier’s family living in or around London. Being of a poor family, Blake received little in the way of comfort or education while growing up. Amazingly, he did not attend school for very long and dropped out shortly after learning to read and write so that he could work in his father’s shop. The life of a hosier however was not the right path for Blake as he exhibited early on a skill for reading and drawing. Blake’s skill for reading can be seen in his understanding for and use of works such as the Bible and Greek classic literature.
Have you ever read something that was so easy to read but had suck a deeper darker meaning? Well in English class we have been studying William Blake's poems, and I came to find out he writes them as if they are made for a couple of kids. The reading is so easy to read so in vocabulary he doesn't use big words or make the sentences confusing, but the meaning of these poems or so much more than what he shows you. William Blake was born in 1757 and passed away 1827, he grew up in London and went to drawing school, he had to teach himself about all the wide range of learning at home through his reading. The one Blake poem that really stood out to me as we studied his poems in class was The Chimney Sweeper.
William Blake was one of those 19th century figures who could have and should have been beatniks, along with Rimbaud, Verlaine, Manet, Cezanne and Whitman. He began his career as an engraver and artist, and was an apprentice to the highly original Romantic painter Henry Fuseli. In his own time he was valued as an artist, and created a set of watercolor illustrations for the Book of Job that were so wildly but subtly colored they would have looked perfectly at home in next month's issue of Wired.