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Songs of Innocence and Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul
     

Songs of Innocence and Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul

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by William Blake
 

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Songs of Innocence and of Experience compiles two contrasting but directly related books of poetry by William Blake. Songs of Innocence honors and praises the natural world, the natural innocence of children and their close relationship to God. Songs of Experience contains much darker, disillusioned poems, which deal with serious, often

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Songs of Innocence and of Experience compiles two contrasting but directly related books of poetry by William Blake. Songs of Innocence honors and praises the natural world, the natural innocence of children and their close relationship to God. Songs of Experience contains much darker, disillusioned poems, which deal with serious, often political themes. It is believed that the disastrous end to the French Revolution produced this disillusionment in Blake. He does, however, maintain that true innocence is achieved only through experience.

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ISBN-13:
9781775415633
Publisher:
The Floating Press
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
181 KB

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Songs of Innocence and Experience 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't buy these books, but I've read quite a bit of William Blake's work, and I've always loved it. Especially the poem 'the Lamb' in Songs of Innocence, and 'the tiger' in Songs of Experience. In the Lamb, everything sounds so sweet and lovely and innocent, but when you read a little closer, there's a lot of deep meaning, religion, etc. It's layered, almost, from the most literal reading to the most in-depth philosophy. And the Tiger...well that's just stunningly powerful, the words, the rhthym, the meaning...it's characteristic to what I've read of Blake's work. This is a really awesome set, and if you buy/like this, you have to read more of Blake's work.
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