Songs of Innocence and of Experience
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Songs of Innocence and of Experience


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 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

Title:Songs of Innocence and of Experience
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:56 pages

    Songs of Innocence and of Experience Reviews

  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?
    Apr 06, 2016

    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 ...

  • Bookworm Sean
    Feb 13, 2016

    Blake?s poetry is marvellously deceptive; it appears so simple, but that?s the beauty of it. Hidden behind the innocent and childlike songs is a sense of irony and sarcasm. The narrators of the po...

  • Darwin8u
    Jan 15, 2016

    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 ...

  • Florencia
    Mar 16, 2016

    ...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, wh...

  • Lit Bug
    Nov 17, 2013

    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 i...

  • Mike Puma
    Oct 23, 2013

    A review, of sorts, may be found in Message 1....

  • Carmo
    May 18, 2015

    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 ...

  • Kimi
    Aug 05, 2016

    That moment when your favorite Tv Show makes you read Romantic poetry of the 18th century. ...

  • Priyanka
    Feb 17, 2015

    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 exist...

  • Miguel
    Sep 25, 2015

    A poesia não se explica, a poesia implica , disse Sophia de Mello Breyner. Canções de Inocência e de Experiência , poesia do século dezoito, cerzida com a doutrina religiosa, com o escrúpu...