Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Songs of Innocence and of Experience Songs of Experience is a poetry collection of poems forming the second part of William Blake s Songs of Innocence and of Experience Some of the poems such as The Little Boy Lost and The Littl

  • Title: Songs of Innocence and of Experience
  • Author: William Blake
  • ISBN: 9781420925807
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • Songs of Experience is a 1794 poetry collection of 26 poems forming the second part of William Blake s Songs of Innocence and of Experience Some of the poems, such as The Little Boy Lost and The Little Boy Found were moved by Blake to Songs of Innocence, and were frequently moved between the two books citation needed In this collection of poems, Blake contrasts Songs ofSongs of Experience is a 1794 poetry collection of 26 poems forming the second part of William Blake s Songs of Innocence and of Experience Some of the poems, such as The Little Boy Lost and The Little Boy Found were moved by Blake to Songs of Innocence, and were frequently moved between the two books citation needed In this collection of poems, Blake contrasts Songs of Innocence, in which he shows how the human spirit blossoms when allowed its own free movement with Songs of Experience, in which he shows how the human spirit withers after it has been suppressed and forced to conform to rules, and doctrines In fact, Blake was an English Dissenter and actively opposed the doctrines of the Anglican Church, which tells its members to suppress their feelings Blake showed how he believed this was wrong through his poems in Songs of Experience citation needed The most notable of the poems in Songs of Experience are The Tyger , The Sick Rose , Ah, Sunflower, A Poison Tree and London Although these poems today are enjoyed and appreciated, in Blake s time, they were not appreciated at all citation needed Blake lived this whole life in poverty and in heavy debt

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    1. “Am not IA fly like thee?Or art not thouA man like me?” Out of all the poetry I have read, these four lines are amongst my favourite. They have stuck with me over several years and seem to resonate within me. I’ve even considered having them tattooed onto my arm. Why these lines? You may ask.It’s simple really: they say so much. Different readings can be made here, but the one I see most strongly is man talking to nature. Man questions it; he asks if he is the same as nature and if natur [...]

    2. Tyger! Tyger! burning bright, In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?I don’t think I would dare give any collection of poems that contains the above lines anything less than five stars. Luckily, although every poem isn’t a winner for me (cough*Laughing Song*cough), there are so many immortal poems in this collection that I don’t feel the least bit guilty for giving the collection the full five stars. I started collecting some of my favorite [...]

    3. Billy Blake Who Made Thee?Poet Poet, burning bright, In the stanzas of the night; What romantic coquetry, Could frame thy fearful poetry?In what distant when or whys, roll'd the epic of thine eyes?On wet verse dare he aspire?What poet's hand, robs Shelly's pyre?And what meter, & what art,Could twist the cadence of thy heart?And when thy heart began to beat,What dread iambs? & what dread feet?What the motif? what the type, In what belly was thy gripe?What the image? what simile, Dare its [...]

    4. Folly is an endless maze;Tangled roots perplex her ways;How many have fallen there!They stumble all night over bones of the dead;And feel — they know not what but care;And wish to lead others, when they should be led.- William Blake, "The Voice of the Ancient Bard"The smile of a child. The face of a lamb. The purity of maternal love. Solidarity. These are images chosen by Blake to convey his thoughts on innocence. When I think of innocence, I cannot help picturing in my head the greenest meado [...]

    5. Well, one lousy review can't do Blake's poems any justice, not unless you're flush with time and the soul of a poet, yourself. :)I can say, however, that the title kinda gives the whole gig away. :) The first section is rife with allusions to Jesus and the second is full of wry and rather sarcastic religious revolutionary insights that I *clearly* appreciate much more than the innocent ones. :) Yes, love should be shown! No, life should not be this dreary and repressed thing. :) I particularly l [...]

    6. I adore William Blake's poetry and this illustrated collection is fantastic. Unlike other British poets from centuries back (like John Donne for example), his text is usually far easier to read even without a thesaurus and always delightful and full of imagery. a Must!

    7. My first brush with Blake was through the impeccable poem London more than a decade back. Since then, I'd got to read more poems of his, all carefully chosen by the academicians, quickly putting him in my list of favorite poets. Then before I reached my twenties, I read this little collection, and liked it immensely.Songs of Innocence was what I was looking for, with its naïve outlook on life, the idyllic pictures of innocence I was unwilling to leave behind on my trek to youth. I was enamored [...]

    8. William Blake was an English painter and printmaker, as well as a poet and social critic. In 1789 he printed a small number of his illustrated books of poetry which were colored with paint by hand. The pages of Blake's lovely "Songs of Innocence and Experience" can be seen on the British Library's website: bl/collection-items/wiThe Songs of Innocence depict the world in a pure, childlike innocence. The Songs of Experience look at the world from the view of an adult who can see the darker side of [...]

    9. William Blake’s short poems profess a narrative far beyond what actually exists on the page. They communicate with incredible power and economy, smashing to smithereens the false structures of existing beliefs and opinions. His poems are like gravel thrown into a pool, ripples radiating outwards indefinitely, stirring everything they touch.

    10. Esteticamente este livrinho é uma preciosidade. Edição bilingue, inclui reproduções dos poemas originais e gravuras alusivas a cada um deles, criações do próprio Blake, que antes de ser poeta já era ilustrador. A boa conjugação das ilustrações com a simbologia e os jogos sonoros, fazem destes poemas uma obra única, a fazer lembrar os livros infantis que encontrava lá por casa guardados pelos meus pais. O ritmo e as repetições conferem-lhes uma deliciosa musicalidade, aliás, con [...]

    11. Maybe it's sacrilege, maybe it isn't, but I've never been a fan of Blake, artwork or poetry. *shrugs*It could be b/c I studied him alongside many whom I felt were vastly superior: Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, BURNS, SCOTT (in caps b/c LOVE my Irish poets), Hopkins came a bit later and is considered Victorian, but I don't care b/c LOVE him, too . . . "The just man justices . . ."Indeed, he does. So yeah . . . for me, Blake doesn't measure up.

    12. Seen in this week's Private Eye:Tiger! Tiger! Burning brightIn the middle of the nightWhat on earth was going on?Perhaps we will never knowfrom Songs of Innocent Until Proven Guilty

    13. Wow.I know, I'm very purply in my prose when I talk about books, and I have a tendency to say everything is beautiful. I know this probably takes away from the impact of when I really find something life-changingly perfect. Do not let my larkety-la-ti-da writing style in reviews, however, stop you from putting down whatever you're reading, and immediately adding this precious book to the store of books you've read.I can honestly say that, if the other things William Blake wrote are as beautiful [...]

    14. Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience (1794) juxtapose the innocent, pastoral world of childhood against an adult world of corruption and repression; while such poems as “The Lamb” represent a meek virtue, poems like “The Tyger” exhibit opposing, darker forces. Thus the collection as a whole explores the value and limitations of two different perspectives on the world. Many of the poems fall into pairs, so that the same situation or problem is seen through the lens of innocence fir [...]

    15. It is a mixture of the light of night and the dark of day (whatever I even mean by thatyou know what, just go fucking read this it's happy, sad, dark, weird, beautiful, and great and will take you like two hours to read at MOST).

    16. Full of beautiful poems which intend to express human spirit restrained by conservative rules.Besides, I could feel the burning desires the poet wanted to express. Among the poems I appreciated :THE GARDEN OF LOVEI laid me down upon a bank,Where Love lay sleeping;I heard among the rushes dankWeeping, weeping.Then I went to the heath and the wild,To the thistles and thorns of the waste;And they told me how they were beguiled,Driven out, and compelled to the chaste.I went to the Garden of Love,And [...]

    17. O LÍRIO"A Rosa frágil tem o espinho por defesa,A humilde Ovelha exibe o chifre ameaçador; Porém ao branco Lírio é suficiente o Amor –Não há espinho ou ameaça a turvar-lhe a beleza" Um livro curto mas com uma grande profundidade numa exaltação aos sentimentos , decepções e injustiças da vida e da natureza.

    18. Amazing read! You might feel a bit bored of the overly joyous innocence poems, but when you start reading the experience poems, the book becomes perfectly balanced My favorites were of course in the experience chapter:I loved the Clod and the Pebble It really was the ultimate poem of contrast. 'Love seeketh not itself to please,Nor for itself hath any care,But for another gives its ease,And builds a heaven in hell's despair.'So sung a little clod of clay,Trodden with the cattle's feet,But a pebb [...]

    19. When my mother died I was very young, And my father sold me while yet my tongue Could scarcely cry " 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!" So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep. There's little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head That curled like a lamb's back, was shaved, so I said, "Hush, Tom! never mind it, for when your head's bare, You know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair." And so he was quiet, & that very night, As Tom was a-sleeping he had such a sight! That thousands of swee [...]

    20. William Blake, my favorite poet of all time. Always overshadowed by his fellow Romantic contemporaries, such as Wordsworth, much to my dismay and the detriment of poetry lovers everywhere.Songs of Innocence and Experience is a must-read period, regardless of genres. Anyone with an artistic soul will only benefit from its beauty and perfection. It is truly an enriching experience.The Chimney Sweeper is my personal favorite. I cry every time I read it without fail.

    21. Como deixa claro o título o livro é dividido em duas instâncias,a primeira de poemas singelos que não são muito do meu apetecimento e a segunda que é o mais fino exemplar do romantismo inglês ao qual Blake iniciou poeticamente e pelo qual jorro amores.

    22. ( 2.7 STARS )I did really like some of these but the majority of them just went straight over my head to be honest

    23. William Blake is my favorite poet ever. And 'London' is the best of this collection, maybe my favorite poem of all time.This is one of the rare times in which I have to thank school.

    24. Just for fun, let’s do A Blick* of Blake. Or, Spot The Blake Allusion.Let me explain. This is inspired by Friend Dawrin8u’s Poem=Review of Songs of Innocence And of Experience. See, every time I hear “Blake” I hear “Daniel Amos”. See, Daniel Amos is/was an influential beatlesque artsy xian rock band who had their hay=day in the ’80’s. And they were slightly Blake soaked. It’s not like I’ve actually read Blake beyond a few things in that course on the Romantics, but, well, I [...]

    25. يجب قراءة أغنيات التجربة بعد أغنيات البراءة، عدم قراءة ديوانا بلايك بهذا الشكل تجعل العمل ناقصا، كلوحة فنية غير مكتملة. بالنسبة لي، أنجذب إلى الشعر الذي يصنع المفارقة الذكية، لذا لا أميل إلى شعر الوصف، بمدارسها المتعددة، منها الرومانتيكية، لا أنجذب إلى أشعار لوركا كثيرا، و [...]

    26. William Blake is one of my favorite Romantic era poets. Shakespeare is the only Englishman that I have enjoyed reading more than Blake. England during the 1800s never gave its accolades to the genius of Blake while he lived. His paintings and his most important works like Marriage of Heaven and Hell and this one, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, never received their just do’s till after his death. Songs of Innocence and Experience are poems composed on vibrantly colored and detailed plate [...]

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