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Essay The Writings of William Blake

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William Blake was one of England’s greatest writers (Tejvan) in the nineteenth century, but his brilliancy was not noticed until after he was deceased. Blake was very much a free spirit who often spoke his mind and was very sensitive to cruelty. At the age of twenty five he married a woman named Catherine Boucher. They created a book of all Blake’s poems called Songs on Innocence, which was not very popular while he was alive. On the other hand Blake’s other book of poems, Songs of Experience, were much more popular. These two collections are so magnificent because it is two different forms of writing successfully written by one man. Two major poems written by William Blake were “The Tyger” and “The Lamb”. The Lamb is from Songs of…show more content…
The majority of the poetry let the reader visualize a serene world without corruption. This is what some may call the “fantasy world” because there is no drama or evil, it is a world of tranquility and harmony. This idea is represented in the poem “The Lamb” for the reason that a lamb itself symbolizes gentleness, and meekness. The poem is a child’s song, in the form of a question and answer. The first stanza is rural and descriptive, while the second focuses on abstract spiritual matters and contains explanation and analogy. The child’s question is both naive and profound. The question “who made thee?” is a simple one, and yet the child is also tapping into the deep and timeless questions that all human beings have, about their own origins and the nature of creation (SparkNotes Editors). The lamb itself symbolizes Jesus. The traditional image of Jesus as a lamb symbolizes the gentleness and peace of Christian values. This poem, just like most of the poems in the Songs of Innocence, accounts for more of the positives rather than the negatives and evils in the world. Contrary to the Songs of Innocence, the “Songs of Experience” deliver a much more dark side of life. The “Songs of Experience” work via parallels and contrasts to lament the ways in which the harsh experiences of adult life destroy what is good in innocence, while also articulating the weaknesses of the innocent perspective
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