BRITISH POETRY FORUM 7 - Innocence does not know experience...

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BRITISH POETRY FORUM 7 William Blake’s two poems Songs of Innocence and Song of Experience were wrote separately and then later combined. They were written in lyrical form. These poems contrast the innocent child like view of life with the adult experienced and maybe even jaded viewpoint. These are two different parts of the human soul. The innocence poem has to do with being child-like, having untarnished innocence, which is the way it should be, but often is not in modern society. They all have a sense of how children are very direct speaking. They seem joyful; the writing not adult-like. The poem exhibits child- like thinking, in that they think that the world is fair and for everyone’s benefit and they are do not understand how the world really works. As a child grows though, the mind starts to find these things out due to experience. The childish innocence is gone forever.
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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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