Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience [NOOK Book]

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Songs of Innocence and Experience brings together two books of poetry by William Blake that delve into these two opposing states of the human soul. His Songs of Innocence are often cheerful and sweet and always demonstrate the purity of youth, as Blake explores themes of freedom, happiness, loss and religion. The optimism of innocence is keenly contrasted by Blake’s Songs of Experience, which feature a more realistic and often darker view of the world.

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Overview

Songs of Innocence and Experience brings together two books of poetry by William Blake that delve into these two opposing states of the human soul. His Songs of Innocence are often cheerful and sweet and always demonstrate the purity of youth, as Blake explores themes of freedom, happiness, loss and religion. The optimism of innocence is keenly contrasted by Blake’s Songs of Experience, which feature a more realistic and often darker view of the world.

Originally published as two books with pages illustrated by the author, Songs of Innocence and Experience has often been considered a foundational work in Romantic period literature which surely inspired poets like Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth and Byron in the years that followed.

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It is printed on paper especially manufactured to match the tint of that used by Blake.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781443433501
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
  • Publication date: 12/17/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 156
  • Sales rank: 331,582
  • File size: 385 KB

Meet the Author

William Blake was an English poet, artist and illustrator. Born in London in 1757, Blake had a strongly religious upbringing and was encouraged to read and study the Bible by his devout Christian mother. In his youth, he earned an apprenticeship as an engraver, and he made a living throughout his life carving woodblock illustrations for the printing press. Blake published his first book of poetry, Poetical Sketches circa 1783, and soon fell in with some of the most famous artists and intellectuals of the time, including Joseph Priestly, Mary Wollstonecraft and Thomas Paine. Throughout his life, Blake wrote and illustrated many books of poetry, despite the fact that his works, often considered too radical or irreligious, went largely unrecognized during his lifetime. Now Blake’s books of poetry and illustrations, including Songs of Innocence and Experience and Jerusalem, are considered some of the seminal texts of the Romantics movement. Blake died in 1827, and is buried in an unmarked grave in the Dissenter’s graveyard in Bunhill Fields.

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