Blake's Contrary States

The 'Songs of Innocence and Experience' as Dramatic Poems

Author: Bill Gillham

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521050839

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 257

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An exploration of the 'dramatic' statements amongst the contradictions in Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience.

Songs of Innocence and Experience

Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul

Author: William Blake

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 1775415635

Category: Poetry

Page: 88

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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.

The Tyger, the Lamb, and the Terrible Desart

Songs of Innocence and of Experience in Its Times and Circumstance : Including Facsimiles of Two Copies

Author: Stanley Gardner

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838635667

Category: Poetry

Page: 256

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"The first section of this book follows Blake out of the family haberdashery shop, where his parents tacitly and unwittingly shaped his future as a poet; then into (and out of) the custody of Basire, Moser, and the Medway militia. The book then turns back to the days of Samuel Pepys for the crowning of King Mob, and for the formulation of systems of social control, particularly directed at the young. Gardner traces the exploitation of children (both poor and "the better sort") through the century and Blake's familiar knowledge of the rescue of workhouse children in his parish which he chronicled in Innocence. It was these turbulent decades that fostered Blake's reactions to what he saw in the city around him, and which became the poems and designs in Innocence and Experience. For Blake, "the terrible desart of London" was where the triad of State, Church and Imperial Commerce set the foundations of privilege and oppression. Respite from this for Blake lay among the Surrey hills south of the Thames, and in "organised Innocence". Illustrated with maps, drawings and engravings of the period this part demonstrates how remarkably Blake's vision responded to his times." "The second part of this book includes complete facsimiles of two copies of each of fifty-four plates in the Songs set."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience

Author: William Blake

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486111490

Category: Poetry

Page: 64

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Classics of English poetry, alternately describing childhood states of innocence and their inevitable ensnarement in a corrupt and repressive world. Contains the full texts of all the poems in the original 1794 edition of both collections.

Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Author: William Blake

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: English poetry

Page: 147

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William Blake subtitled his Songs of Innocence and Experience 'Shewing Two Contrary States of the Human Soul'. His overall vision of the human condition is one where good and evil exist interdependently and this is an idea reflected in Blake's coloured engravings of the poems, examples of which are included in this collection.This edition has comprehensive notes on the poems and an Approaches section offering commentary and activities on key themes and techniques, such as Blake's political beliefs and the role of imagery within his poetry.

The Poems of William Blake

Comprising Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Together with Poetical Sketches and Some Copyright Poems Not in Any Other Edition

Author: Richard Herne Shepherd

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 165

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Songs of Innocence

Author: William Blake

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486122239

Category: Poetry

Page: 80

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This hardcover gift edition comprises the complete contents of Songs of Innocence, in addition to nine poems from Songs of Experience. Seven color and numerous black-and-white line illustrations grace the text.

Songs of Innocence and of Experience (With All the Originial Illustrations)

Showing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul

Author: William Blake

Publisher: Musaicum Books

ISBN: 8027223814

Category: Art

Page: 15

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"Songs of Innocence" was the first of Blake's illuminated books published in 1789. It is a cheerful and optimistic volume which concerns itself with such themes as springtime, children's games, the freedom of the human spirit, and a kind and loving God. "Songs of Experience" is the second part of "Songs of Innocence and of Experience". The poems and artwork were reproduced by copperplate engraving and colored with washes by hand. Blake republished "Songs of Innocence and Experience" several times, often changing the number and order of the plates. The spellings, punctuation and capitalizations are those of the original Blake manuscripts. William Blake (1757 – 1827) was a British poet, painter, visionary mystic, and engraver, who illustrated and printed his own books. Blake proclaimed the supremacy of the imagination over the rationalism and materialism of the 18th-century. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.

Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Showing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul (Illuminated Manuscript with the Original Illustrations of William Blake)

Author: William Blake

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: 8074844048

Category: Poetry

Page: 15

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This carefully crafted ebook: "Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Showing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul (Illuminated Manuscript with the Original Illustrations of William Blake)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Songs of Innocence was the first of Blake's illuminated books published in 1789. It is a cheerful and optimistic volume which concerns itself with such themes as springtime, children's games, the freedom of the human spirit, and a kind and loving God. Songs of Experience is the second part of Songs of Innocence and of Experience. The poems and artwork were reproduced by copperplate engraving and colored with washes by hand. Blake republished Songs of Innocence and Experience several times, often changing the number and order of the plates. The spellings, punctuation and capitalizations are those of the original Blake manuscripts. William Blake (1757 – 1827) was a British poet, painter, visionary mystic, and engraver, who illustrated and printed his own books. Blake proclaimed the supremacy of the imagination over the rationalism and materialism of the 18th-century. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.

William Blake - Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Author: Sarah Haggarty,Jon Mee

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137382449

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1794) is William Blake's best-known work, containing such familiar poems as 'London', 'Sick Rose' and 'The Tyger'. Evolving over the author's lifetime, the collection was printed by Blake himself on his own press. This Reader's Guide: • explains the unique development of Songs as an illuminated book • considers the earliest reactions to the text during Blake's lifetime, and his gathering posthumous reputation in the nineteenth century • explores modern critical approaches and recent debates • discusses key topics that have been of abiding interest to critics, including the relationship between text and image in Blake's 'composite art'. Insightful and stimulating, this introductory guide is an invaluable resource for anyone who is seeking to navigate their way through the mass of criticism surrounding Blake's most widely-studied work.

William Blake: Song of Innocence and of Experience

Author: William Blake

Publisher: Tate Enterprises Ltd

ISBN: 1849763283

Category: Poetry

Page: 128

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‘Every page is a window open in Heaven … interwoven designs companion the poems, and gold and yellow tints diffuse themselves over the page like summer clouds. The poems [of Song of Innocence] are the morning song of Blake's genius.’ – W.B. Yeats ‘Blake sang of the ideal world, of the truth of the intellect, and of the divinity of imagination … The only writer to have written songs for children with the soul of a child … he holds, in my view, a unique position because he unites intellectual sharpness with mystic sentiment.’ – James Joyce Song of Innocence and of Experience is a rare and wonderful book, its seeming simplicity belying its visionary wisdom. Internationally recognised as a masterpiece of English literature, it also occupies a key position in the history of western art. This unique edition of the work allows Blake to communicate with his readers as he intended, reproducing Blake’s own illumination and lettering from the finest existing example of the original work. In this way readers can experience the mystery and beauty of Blake’s poems as he first created them, discovering for themselves the intricate webs of symbol and meaning that connects word and image. Each poem is accompanied by a literal transcription, and the volume is introduced by the renowned historian and critic, Richard Holmes. The poems are narrated by novelist and critic, Adam Mars-Jones. This beautiful edition of Song of Innocence and of Experience will be essential for those familiar with Blake’s work, but also offers an ideal way into his visionary world for those encountering Blake for the first time.

Songs of Innocence

Songs of Experience

Author: William Blake

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781534689459

Category:

Page: 76

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Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience By William Blake Songs of Innocence and of Experience is an illustrated collection of poems by William Blake. It appeared in two phases. A few first copies were printed and illuminated by William Blake himself in 1789; five years later he bound these poems with a set of new poems in a volume titled Songs of Innocence and of Experience Showing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul. "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. The volume's "Contrary States" are sometimes signalled by patently repeated or contrasted titles: in Innocence, Infant Joy, in Experience, Infant Sorrow; in Innocence, The Lamb, in Experience, The Fly and The Tyger. The stark simplicity of poems such as The Chimney Sweeper and The Little Black Boy display Blake's acute sensibility to the realities of poverty and exploitation that accompanied the "Dark Satanic Mills" of the Industrial Revolution. CONTENTS SONGS OF INNOCENCE Introduction The Shepherd The Echoing Green The Lamb The Little Black Boy The Blossom The Chimney-Sweeper The Little Boy Lost The Little Boy Found Laughing Song A Cradle Song The Divine Image Holy Thursday Night Spring Nurse's Song Infant Joy A Dream On Another's Sorrow SONGS OF EXPERIENCE Introduction Earth's Answer The Clod and the Pebble Holy Thursday The Little Girl Lost The Little Girl Found The Chimney-Sweeper Nurse's Song The Sick Rose The Fly The Angel The Tiger My Pretty Rose Tree Ah, Sunflower The Lily The Garden of Love The Little Vagabond London The Human Abstract Infant Sorrow A Poison Tree A Little Boy Lost A Little Girl Lost A Divine Image A Cradle Song The Schoolboy To Tirzah The Voice of the Ancient Bard

Blake

Songs of innocence and experience

Author: David W. Lindsay

Publisher: Humanities Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 91

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