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Songs Of Innocence And Experience

Author : William Blake
ISBN : 9783736802087
Genre : Poetry
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Songs of Innocence and Experience is a collection of poems by William Blake in two phases. "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'.
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Blake S Contrary States

Author : Bill Gillham
ISBN : 9780521050838
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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An exploration of the 'dramatic' statements amongst the contradictions in Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience.
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Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience

Author : William Blake
ISBN : 9781891788895
Genre : Art
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Digitized facsimiles of the 1794 and 1826 London editions, both from the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection, Library of Congress.
Category: Art

Songs Of Innocence And Songs Of Experience

Author : William Blake
ISBN : 9780486111490
Genre : Poetry
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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.
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The Tyger The Lamb And The Terrible Desart

Author : Stanley Gardner
ISBN : 0838635660
Genre : Poetry
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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.
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Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience With All The Originial Illustrations

Author : William Blake
ISBN : 9788027223817
Genre : Art
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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.
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Songs Of Innocence Classic Reprint

Author : William Blake
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Excerpt from Songs of Innocence Socrates and Jesus, grey luminous visions larger than life. Lot sat to him for a portrait. He saw the ghost of a flea and __witnessed a fairy' s funeral. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.