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#DailyBookQuote 25th Oct13 : William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience

#DailyBookQuote : 25th October 2013

 William Blake

–          William Blake (November 28, 1757 – August 12, 1827)

–          William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience

A 1794 poetry collection of poems by William Blake, released in two parts, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. 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. The most notable of the poems in Songs of Experience are ‘The Tyge’, ‘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. Blake lived this whole life in poverty and in heavy debt.

 

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