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Songs of Innocence and of Experience is a collection of poems by William Blake showing the two contrary states of the human soul. Poems from both books have been set to music by many composers, including Ralph Vaughan Williams, Joseph Holbrooke, Sven-David Sandstrom, Benjamin Britten, Jacob ter Veldhuis,John Tavener, Jah Wobble, Tangerine Dream and others. This Urban Romantics edition includes both original books.… (més)
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Títol:Songs of Innocence and Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul, 1789-1794 (Oxford Paperbacks)
Autors:William Blake (Autor)
Informació:Oxford University Press (1977), Edition: New Ed, 226 pages
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William Blake’s remarkably written and illustrated poems have endured the test of time and continue to amaze and delight me, even though I have read them dozens of times over the years.

My favorite poems from the Songs of Innocence are, sadly, about innocence abused. It seems such a contrast to me to read Nurse’s Song, in which the children beg for more time to play and frolic in the open air and the “laughing is heard on the hill”, and the Chimney Sweeper, which opens with the death of a mother and selling of a child to work in the soot and suffocation of the chimney sweep. That the sweeper is able to maintain his innocence and trust in the face of such a fate is a remarkable testament to the faith of the yet unspoiled child.

Of course, there are religious implications in each of the poems, which are intended and profound. The symbol of the lamb, as standing for both the children and their saviour, runs through several of the poems, including the most famous, The Lamb, which begins, familiarly, “Little lamb who made thee?”

These poems would be quite impressive had Blake written only of innocence, but he wrote a second set of poems, Songs of Experience, which contrast diametrically with the innocence poems. In fact, many of them bear the same name, as in the poems titled Holy Thursday. The poem from Songs of Innocence portrays the children, lined up in twos, entering the cathedral with angelic faces and voices, close to heaven. It’s counterpart in Songs of Experience speaks of the poverty and hunger suffered by so many children of the time.

Parallels exist between many of the poems, contrasting innocence and experience. As The Lamb is the most famous of the Innocence poems, The Tiger is the most famous of the Experience poems. The poems represent the natural world and God’s creation of both the predator and the prey. Blake’s exploration of the two aspects of God and the complexity of His creation.

Cannot close without including my favorite of all the poems:

A POISON TREE
I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
And I watered it in fears
Night and morning with my tears,
And I sunnèd it with smiles
And with soft deceitful wiles.
And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright,
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine,—
And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning, glad, I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

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  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
Wild, dream-driven poems that celebrate joy and condemn dull conventionality
  Daniel464 | Jun 30, 2022 |
A little darker than other children's poetry collections, but still offers some lovely poems. The poems are more religiously oriented than I usually tend to and are dated in some of their themes. It does provide a nice intro to the poetry of the time. ( )
  ColourfulThreads | Feb 18, 2021 |
Illustrated poetry, mostly on religious topics.

1.5/4 (Meh).

"Songs of Innocence" is trite garbage about how Jesus loves you. "Experience" has a lot more craft, but still basically just pushes immature philosophy. And I really do not understand what people see in the art. Is it just that it was expensive to reproduce (and therefor fancy) for a couple centuries? ( )
  comfypants | Dec 29, 2020 |
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William Blakeautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Essick, Robert N.Editorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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"Never before surely was a man so literally the author of his own book." - Alexander Gilchrist
Piping down the valleys wild,
Piping songs of pleasant glee,
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He who mocks the Infants Faith
Shall be mock'd in the Age & Death
He who shall teach the Child of Doubt
The rotting Grave shall neer get out (E492)
Blake claims that all religious beliefs, however various, have a common origin in the "Poetic Genius" (E1), the godlike spirit within all people.
A note that Blake wrote in his manuscript of "The Four Zoas" also cautions us against dismissing innocence as naivete: "Innocence dwells with Wisdom but never with Ignorance" (E697).
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Songs of Innocence and of Experience is a collection of poems by William Blake showing the two contrary states of the human soul. Poems from both books have been set to music by many composers, including Ralph Vaughan Williams, Joseph Holbrooke, Sven-David Sandstrom, Benjamin Britten, Jacob ter Veldhuis,John Tavener, Jah Wobble, Tangerine Dream and others. This Urban Romantics edition includes both original books.

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