Historic poetry is unique in the respect that it gives readers an insight into a certain historic time period that textbooks cannot provide. Perhaps Tolstoy is the only other writer I can think of who has such depth. It is evident that hope and despair, however, go hand in hand and Blake in particular explores the contrasts between the two. He would then dip the plate in a vat of acid, which would corrode the surface that did not contain lettering, leaving him with a reusable plate to use to make his bound texts. This is a metaphor which is used to describe how prostitution and venereal disease were prevalent at this time. In the second, as the child cries, God appears, kisses the child and restores him to his mother who has been crying and looking for the boy.
The next device Blake uses is alliteration. By attacking the institution of marriage and family. Blake sees that people are trapped here in these chartered streets, imprisoned there by an uncaring government so he makes sure the reader sees and ponders the word chartered. During late 18th and early 19th century, child labour was prominent in England and four-five years old boys were sold to clean chimneys as their size was small. Evil is the active springing from Energy. I a child, and thou a lamb, We are callèd by His name.
Forging is of course the process of heating and hammering metals in order to weld them together. All the while men and families are dying with hunger and through industrialised disease. Blake discards the common, glorifying view of London and replaces it with his idea of truth. This gives the reader a stronger understanding overall. This powerful metaphor insinuates that if the mind cannot be free then what else can? How do you see the two animals depicted? The apple of the third stanza reminds us of the story of Adam and Eve. In the second stanza Blake tells the reader what he can hear on the oppressed streets of London.
This is true of all the people we meet in The Songs of Innocence and Experience, though sometimes there are distinguishing features as with the children in The Little Black Boy or The Chimney Sweeper, where the sweep is called Tom Dacre. Her child is the product of commerce, and she passes on venereal disease and the social and psychological effects of poverty. Thus men forgot that All deities reside in the human breast. They were worried the British would revolt due to the social and political inequalities felt by most at the time. Blake objected to that growing power through taxation that merchants, financiers and aristocrats were enjoying and to the financial inequality that resulted.
When man turns his face away from another man's sufferings, mankind wishes there be … angels and gods to soothe pain and alleviate sufferings. Like the Passover lamb, He is sacrificed to redeem others. But it works on both levels, like much of the poem. Give reasons for your answer. This hope is well reinforced in William Blake's poems. Tyger Tyger burning bright, In the forests of the night: What immortal hand or eye, Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? In stanza three, Blake starts to lay the blame beyond our own limitations and restrictions. A ban can mean a restriction or a command to refrain from doing something.
We worry about children who really get lost - and any young child has fears perhaps made stronger by parents' warnings of being lost or separated from mother or father. Instead, it turns its back on it and lets it fester. Does this mean the ideas in the poems are simple, too? Of course, he can just mean that these women have foul mouths and are always swearing, since a swear word is also a curse word. Many of Blake's best poems are found in two collections: Songs of Innocence 1789 to which was added, in 1794, the Songs of Experience unlike the earlier work, never published on its own. The sensitive human artist is awe-struck by the divine artistry. A Poison Tree tells how anger can be dispelled by goodwill or nurtured to become a deadly poison. On the surface, those two lines should mean that the church are horrified by child labour.
These are our self-imposed limitations, the things that hold us back, the prison that we create in our own mind. London by William Blake A poem which makes a social or political statement is London by William Blake. We might also comment on where these images come from. New birth is no happy event but continues the cycle of misery, and the wedding carriage is seen as a hearse, leading to a kind of death of innocence? This particular stanza is prominent as it alerts the reader to the oppressive institutions that stand to perpetuate the injustice. Throughout this poem Blake uses a range of different poetic techniques to convey the inequalities and unjust treatment of the poorer classes. The metaphor suggests the darkness, the inscrutable mystery of evil: we cannot see it at work, but we can see its results later.
The first three lines all have seven syllables in all and in most of the stanzas, there are seven syllables. Blake had very firm ideas about how his poems should appear. Others consider the worm in the poem to be an agent of corruption and regard it as the direct equivalent of Man. All in all, the rhyming scheme is very well structured. People did not have access to wildlife documentaries on television, as we do today: exotic animals might be seen in circuses and zoos, but tigers would be a rarity, perhaps turning up stuffed or as rugs this was to become very common in the 19th century. In the second stanza, Blake reminds The Lamb, and us, that the God who made The Lamb, also is like The Lamb.