Unformatted text preview: Innocence does not know experience. When Blake wrote the innocent poem he had not yet become aware of the injustices of his time period. He had an innocent mind. Blake felt really bad for people’s suffering and this resulted in him writing the Songs of Experience. Blake uses symbolism in both poems to represent the main concept of each. In innocence he shows himself as a shepherd with a child on a cloud directing him. In experience he sees himself as a prophet hearing God talk to Adam, having just gotten experience in the garden. These two poems are very different, but they also show two different sides of human nature. We start out innocent and joyful and end experienced and jaded. These two poems show the soul’s perfect existence, which Blake sees as innocence and being like a child. Experience is when the soul has been exposed to evil and therefore not innocent anymore....
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- Spring '14
- Psychology, Thought, Songs of Innocence and of Experience