Songs Of Innocence and Experience

Songs Of Innocence and Experience

by William Blake

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"Innocence" and "Experience" are definitions of consciousness that rethink Milton's existential-mythic states of "Paradise" and the "Fall." Blake's categories are modes of perception that tend to coordinate with a chronology that would become standard in Romanticism: childhood is a state of protected innocence rather than original sin, but not immune to the fallen world and its institutions. This world sometimes impinges on childhood itself, and in any event becomes known through "experience," a state of being marked by the loss of childhood vitality, by fear and inhibition, by social and political corruption, and by the manifold oppression of Church, State, and the ruling classes.

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ISBN-13: 9781503298231
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2014
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.08(d)

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Songs of Innocence and Experience 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 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.
Fledgist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Blake's collection of ballad-like poems. Deceptively simple and direct, but often more complex and difficult than they seem.
WFB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I started reading this from the age of twelve. Still love it, and find it deeply meaningful.
ablueidol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the few poets that have stayed and grown with me. And the artwork!
JoyE on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful edition of Blake's poems. I've used this a lot in school.
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