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Blake's Holy Thursday
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Why and how does Blake create a distinction between innocence and experience in Holy Thursday?

What kind of political and social beliefs have a strong bearing on Blake's poems?

Blake belonged to a group of English radicals: how does his work reflect this radicalism?

William Blake's entire work revolves around social and political conditions of his times. He was one of those romantics who did not follow in the footsteps of people like Wordsworth but instead received inspiration from harsh realities of life. Instead of focusing only on the good and the positive as Wordsworth did, Blake was more interested in exposing the cruelties that were hidden behind what apparently looked good on the surface. Blake used his work not only to explore nature or soul as most other Romantic poets did, but tried to utilize his talent to comment on the political and social weaknesses…

Blake's Poem London
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Blake's "London"

My Questions:

hat are the "bans" the poet is speaking of in line 9 and what do they have to do with suffering?

hat can be done about man's suffering?

hy does Blake call it a marriage hearse instead of a marriage coach?

illiam Blake's poem, "London" is a reflection of Human Suffering

illiam Blake's poem, "London" illustrates a certain misery among its inhabitants. The poet tells us as he wandered through the streets, he sees "marks of weakness, marks of woe" (4) in every face he meets. In addition he hears "every cry of man" (5) and in every infant's cry and in every voice he hears:

How the Chimney-sweeper's cry

Every blackening Church appalls,

And the hapless Soldier's sigh

Runs in blood down Palace walls. (9-12)

This is a bleak and miserable portrait of the city. It is interesting to note that he not only sees…

Works Cited

Blake, Willaim. "London." The Norton Anthology of English Literature M.H. Abrams, ed. New York W.W. Norton and Company. 1986.

Blake Jon Stallworthy's Reading of
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The effect enhances the tone and rhythm of the poem, which is quite differently experienced when reading from print.

Reading the poem visually also assists with content and meaning. Listening to Stallworthy is much more of a purely musical experience, a lot like listening to a song but ignoring the lyrics. The lyrics and the vocal character of the singer are two separate things. Likewise, Blake's words and how the words sound are also two very different things. Both aspects of the poetry are meaningful and integral to a thorough understanding of the poem. Reading the poem in print offers much more of an opportunity to linger and spend time with individual words, phrases, and patterns of words. The audio encounter flies by, and unless the listener stops the recording it is impossible to focus on one particular aspect of the poem. Reading the poem visually allows the reader to…

Blake's Poem the Tyger
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Tyger, by William Blake. Specifically, I will begin by addressing the outer, or obvious, meaning of the poem. Following this discussion, I will give a thorough, and detailed analysis of the inner meaning of the poem, The Tyger, by William Blake.

At a very superficial reading, the outer, obvious, subject of the poem is, of course, a tiger.

The author wonders at the beauty and raw power of the tyger. This is seen in the following lines "burnt the fire of thine eyes," "Tyger burning bright, In the forests of the night." Blake asks who created the tiger, and wonders at who could possible create such a beast. "What immortal hand or eye, dare frame thy fearful symmetry." Further, Blake asks if God, the creator was happy to see his handiwork, the tyger.

However, like virtually all important poems, The Tyger certainly has a deeper meaning than is suggested by…

Shakespeare and Blake a Prevalent Issue in
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Shakespeare and Blake

A prevalent issue in English literature is how social status affects individuals. Two writers that are able to explore the negative aspects of social status are William Shakespeare and William Blake. In Shakespeare's Othello, the Moor of Venice, social status plays a major role in determining who does or does not get promoted within the military; this determination, in turn, leads to rebellion on the part of Iago who is both angry and jealous after being passed up for promotion. On the other hand, Blake's poems of the same title, "The Chimney Sweeper" from Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, highlight what children of lower social classes must endure for the benefit of their families. Through their respective works of literature, Shakespeare and Blake demonstrate the lasting impact that social striation has on individuals.

Othello, the Moor of Venice is a dramatic play that focuses on…

Romantic Lit Romantic Notions in Blake's The
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Romantic Lit

Romantic notions in Blake's "The Chimney Sweeper"

Romanticism was an artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that occurred during the second half of the 18th century. During this time, a shift from previously established Enlightenment ideals to more natural, emotional, and personal themes was seen. Opposing forces within Romantic literature were Nature and the Self; Nature was seen as the source of goodness and it was through society and civilization that innocence of what was natural, and the natural order of things, was lost. One of the Romantic poets that best exemplified this concept was illiam Blake.

illiam Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience can be used to demonstrate how society and civilization have corrupted the inherent innocence of children. In Reading Between the Lines: A Christian Guide to Literature, Veith (1990) writes that "civilization was seen as corrupting the natural innocence of human beings; more primitive…

Works Cited

Blake, W. (1979) "The Chimney Sweeper" from Songs of Experience. Blake's Poetry and Designs.

Ed. Mary Lynn Johnson and John E. Grant. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Blake, W. (1979) "The Chimney Sweeper" from Songs of Innocence. Blake's Poetry and Designs.

Ed. Mary Lynn Johnson and John E. Grant. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Wordsworth Blake Shelly and Other Greats of the Romantic Era
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Romantic Era

The years in which the Romantic Era had its great impact -- roughly 1789 through 1832 -- were years in which there were "intense political, social, and cultural upheavals," according to Professor Shannon Heath at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (Heath, 2009). The beginning of the Romantic Era actually is traced to the French Revolution, and though that tumultuous event was not in England, illiam ordsworth and others sympathized with the French Revolution -- at least at the beginning of the Revolution.

The demands for democracy in the Era were manifested through poems that reflected solidarity with principles of "equality and individuality," Heath explains. The principles of fairness and equality were needed in England as well as in France, and Heath suggests that poets were not just responding to revolutions but rather were critiquing English government. According to Giovanni Pellegrino the struggles for democracy and the "political…

Works Cited

Heath, S. (2009). The Culture of Rebellion in the Romantic Era. Romantic Politics. University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Retrieved April 24, 2014, from .

Pellegrino, G. (2011). Romantic Period in England. Centro Studi La Runa. Retrieved April 24,

2014, from .

Romantic Ideal in the Poetry of William
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Romantic ideal in the poetry of William Blake, William Wordsworth and Walt Whitman shares the attitude that the most worthy part of human existence lies in simplicity and deep emotion rather than rational thought. Romanticism is based upon a movement away from the rationality of Enlightenment and the wealth-driven society inspired by Industrialism. This ideal is reflected in the work of the poets mentioned above. To demonstrate this, "The Chimney weeper," "Ode: Imitations of Immortality" and "I ing the Body Electric" from each respective poet are considered.

William Blake

Blake's poetry emphasizes the evils of existing power systems within society, and how these are used to oppress the poor and powerless. This is shown in his poem "The Chimney weeper." The little chimney sweeper is representative of the poor and oppressed suffering under the current systems of power. The parents and the church are images reflecting the oppressive forces. The…


Blake, William. "The Chimney Sweeper."

Whitman, Walt. "I Sing the Body Electric."

Wordsworth, William. "Ode: Imitations of Immortality."

poetry and art of William Bake
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Poetry and Art of William Bake

Infant Sorrow Guide and Exposition of Illustration Used

Infant Sorrow was one of the poems written by William Blake. It talks of a child being born into a world they aren't familiar with. The poem captures the experience with simplicity, hope and anxiety. Blake pens how the child leaps into the world helpless and naked yet the welcoming world is one which is characterized with precarious situations and activities. Since the newborn is still naive, they don't know how to properly respond to this world. Feelings of helplessness befall upon the baby and the only consolation the baby gets is the opportunity to sulk on the mother's breast.

Blake employs various poetic devices to convey the meaning of the poem. With only two stanzas and eight lines, the poem uses very simple language. One of the devices employed is imagery. For example, Blake uses…

Imagery Explored in Blake's The
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Here we see the image of tenderness gain. This is reinforced when the speaker says, "He is meek and he is mild" (13-5). hen he states, "He became a little child: / I a child and thou a lamb, / e are called by his name" (16-8), the speaker is incorporating to ideas. One suggestion is of the tenderness of Jesus and the lamb and the other is the notion that the meek shall inherit the earth. This relationship between the lamb, Jesus, and the meek elaborates on a larger notion that we are all connected. The speaker is also suggesting that all living things are holy. There is no doubt here as the speaker uses a voice that is calm, gentle, and confident. As a result of this confidence, the image of all living things is bound through love.

"The Lamb" is a poem that explores innocence and the…

Work Cited

Blake, William. "The Lamb." The Norton Anthology of English Literature. New York W.W. Norton and Company, 1986.

Romantics and the Symbolists
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William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, & Percy Shelley

For William Blake, religion is but a medium used by self-interested groups and individuals who want to gain power and influence over society. His criticism of religion, particularly inappropriate use of religion by people, is expressed in the poem "Jerusalem." In this poem, Blake expresses his skepticism about religion's purpose for the society, particularly his countrymen: "And did those feet in ancient time / Walk upon England's mountain green?... And was Jerusalem builded here / Among these dark Satanic mills?" Disillusioned by the constant conflicts and disorder in society caused and premeditated by religious leaders, Blake questions whether religion has become constructive, or destructive, in English society.

William Wordsworth offers in his poems veneration for Nature, as expressed in his Romanticist style of writing poetry. An example of Wordsworth's poem that evokes and expresses his affinity with nature is evident…

Voltaire's Candide Blake and Kazin 1976 Contain
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Voltaire's "Candide" (lake and Kazin, 1976) contain aspects of anti-religious sentiments. oth epics are quasi-historical -- they provide a commentary on the prevailing times; both works also provide a view into lake and Voltaire's personal opinions and leanings. Voltaire was educated by the Jesuits -- priests belonging to the society of Jesuits. Voltaire railed against the prevailing cultural and religious mores that sought to forget socio-economic conditions to satisfy some pre-ordained, religious (mis)interpretations of divine mandates. lake, similarly, was mortified by the dualism practiced by the religious of the time. He did not like or appreciate the way in which every thing was seen from the point of black or white. If the Church deemed something unfit, the practitioner of that aspect of life came under severe remonstrations and even met the ultimate penalty of death. oth authors struggle against the fact that these rules were beneficial to those in…


Blake, William, and Alfred Kazin. "Songs of Innocence and of Experience." The Portable Blake: Selected and Arranged with an Introduction by Alfred Kazin. Ed. Alfred Kazin. New York: Penguin Books, 1976. 83-118.

Caddy, Caroline. Conquistadors. The Australian Poetry Series. Ringwood, Vic., Australia; New York, N.Y.: Penguin Books assisted by the Literature Board of the Australia Council, 1991.

Hirsch, E.D. Innocence and Experience: An Introduction to Blake. 2d ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1975.

Homer, and Denison Bingham Hull. Homer's Odyssey. Greenwich, Conn.: Hull, 1978.

Tyger Poem of Pulsating Questioning
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After this troubling question, the poet throws up his hands, no wiser than before. At the end of this poem of pulsating, drum-beat of questions in a sing-song of nursery rhymes, the poem returns to the beginning. The poetic drum retains the short metrical feet: "Tyger! Tyger! burning bright / in the forests of the night, / hat immortal hand or eye/Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?" And the repetition suggests the poet is no wiser about the goodness of God's creation, and the origin of the tiger, lamb, and the world. The existence of evil in the world in the form of the tiger remains in his eyes, as does the possibility that the same creator of that evil also brought forth the lamb and all of existence.

orks Cited

Blake, illiam. "The Tyger." 1794. Text available 6 Nov 2007…

Works Cited

Blake, William. "The Tyger." 1794. Text available 6 Nov 2007 at

Literary Analysis of Phaedra
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Racine's Phaedra -- Compared to Blake's "Lamb" and Melville's Billy Budd

As Bernard Grebanier states, Racine's Phaedra speaks "with the violence of life itself" (xiv). If one were to compare the French playwright's most famous female lead to the English-speaking world's most famous male lead (as Grebanier does), it would have to be to Hamlet, whose passionate assessment of life is likewise problematic. Indeed, Phaedra raises many themes, including the importance of origin, innocence, and sin -- themes that may be found in as seemingly disparate works as illiam Blake's "The Lamb" and Herman Melville's Billy Budd. hile Racine's Phaedra is the tale of a woman, torn by a passion that possesses her so cruelly that it destroys not only her life but the lives of others around her -- including the innocent man who is her obsession, Hyppolytus; Blake's poem deals with the triple theme of origin, innocence, and…

Works Cited

Blake, William. "The Lamb." Songs of Innocence and Experience. UK: Oxford

University Press, 1992. Print.

Grebanier, Bernard. Phaedra: An English Acting Version. NY: Barron's Educational

Series, 1958. Print.

Tyger the Unbearable Darkness of
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Knowledge and the ability to learn, to think, and to analyze are terrible gifts, this interpretation says, not because they are not useful or powerful but because their power is both so capable of destruction and so limited in comparison with the giver/creator of this knowledge and ability.

The clear religious elements of "The Tyger" also have bearing on this message of true knowledge and its fearsome un-attainability. The querying voice of the speaker and the progression of the poem creates something of a narrative quest for knowledge, and "natural imagery" in Blake's work "invariably serves a prophetic purpose," according to one scholar (Altizer, p. 31). In this instance, however, what the tiger (an unusual yet strong natural image) prophesizes is only the terror and the futility of advancing further in the quest to understand the tiger's maker, i.e. God. The continued bafflement of the speaker and the awe (in…

Works Cited

Altizer, Thomas J.J. The New Apocalypse: The Radical Christian Vision of William Blake. Aurora, CO: The Davies Group, Publishers, 2000.

Blake, William. "The Tyger." Accessed 2 October 2012.

Damon, S. Foster. William Blake: His Philosophy and Symbols. London: Dawsons, 1969.

Tyger and the Lamb Different
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hile the tiger may be a dangerous creature, it is still one of beauty, much like our own society. e encounter dangerous situations and beautiful scenes on a daily basis. In short, there is danger but there is also beauty. It is also interesting to observe how the end of "the Tiger" is much like the beginning. The poet writes:

Tyger, Tyger burning bright

In the forests of the night

hat immortal hand or eye

Dare frame thy fearful symmetry.

ith this last stanza the poet brings the poem full circle. It is interesting to note how the tiger is not just burning but that he is burning bright. Furthermore, he lives in a dark world of danger. This dark world allows us to see the burning animal's "fearful symmetry" (Tyger 4). This line also brings a balance between the tiger's fierceness and its beauty. e should also note how…

Works Cited

Blake, William. "The Lamb." The Norton Anthology of English Literature. New York W.W. Norton and Company, 1986.

The Tyger. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. New York W.W. Norton and Company, 1986.

Marriage of Heaven and Hell
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Opposite Attraction: hat the orld Needs Now illiam Blake's "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell"

Irony serves as the proper technique for illiam Blake in his notorious story, "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell." offers a unique solution to the complex problem of reconciling good and evil. This story is unique in that Blake attempts to reconcile good and evil in a way that is comical while still proving its point. Blake begins his tale by reversing elements and values with which we are all familiar. He adds his own spin to the characteristics of good and evil, which will become significant to the meaning of his story.

It is with the devil's voice that Blake utilizes to express his opinion. Michael Schmidt asserts that Blake's "imaginative process is vividly demonstrated" in "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" and evidence of this can be seen in The Argument.

Once meek,…

Works Cited

Bentley, G.E. The Stranger From Paradise: A Biography of William Blake. New Haven: Yale University Press. 2001.

Blake, William. "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell." The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Vol. II. Abrams, M.H., ed. New York W.W. Norton and Company. 1986.

Gardner, Stanley. Blake. New York: Arco Publishing Company. 1969.

Schmidt, Michael. The Lives of the Poets. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1999.

Childhood Poets of the Eighteenth Nineteenth and
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Poets of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth century concerned themselves with childhood and its various experiences, but the particular historical and aesthetic contexts within which different poets wrote affected their perspective on the matter greatly. As literature moved from Romanticism to naturalism, the tone poets took when considering children and their place in society changed, because where children previously existed as a kind of emotional or romantic accessory, they soon became subjects in their own right, with their own experiences and perspectives. By examining illiam ordsworth's "Michael," illiam Blake's "The Chimney Sweeper," and .B. Yeats' "A Prayer for my Daughter," one is able to see how the gradual transition from Romanticism to naturalism brought with it a less exploitative consideration of children, one that better reflected their place in the rapidly changing world.

The first poem to examine is illiam ordsworth's "Michael," because it fall squarely in the…

Works Cited

Blake, William. Songs of Innocence and Experience. London: Basil Montagu Pickering, 1866.

Wordsworth, W. Lyrical Ballads. 4th. 2. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, 1805.

Yeats, William. The Collected Poems of W.b. Yeats. London: Wordsworth Editions, 2000.

How Poets Used Imagery to Convey Deeper Ideas
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Death in "Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night"

"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" is one of Dylan Thomas's most recognizable poems. ritten for Thomas's dying father, this poem is 19 lines and is structured like a villanelle where only two sounds are rhymed. Through the use of imagery, Thomas is able to vividly explore the theme of death and resistance to it.

"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" is full of rebellious undertones with the opening line setting the tone for the rest of the poem. In the poem, Thomas urges his father, and others, to fight against death saying that "old age should burn and rave at close of day" and that a person should not give in so easily to Death's demands (line 2). Thomas continues to describe "wise men" who "at their end know dark is right" do not give…

Works Cited

Blake, William. "The Lamb." Songs of Innocence.

Blake, William. "The Tyger." Songs of Experience.

Thomas, Dylan. "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night." Literature and the Writing Process, pg.

Listening to Poetry Differences in
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hen it is read aloud, however, the reader understands that the simple rhyme scheme adds a great deal to the poem. Because it is written in such a simple, singsong rhyme scheme, which seems in appropriate, the reader can quickly comprehend that this disconnect is, most likely, intentional. Presenting a poem about the sadness of people in London in a childlike, singsong fashion evokes an irony that can only be understood when the piece is read audibly. Through this, the author seems to imply that London is not innocent, that she has been scarred, and even the most innocent of children's songs must now reflect that fact. hen John Stallworthy recites, however, the poem is not read with an overemphasis unstressed/stressed meter, instead further emphasizing the connection among the different images. hile the meter is still there, and can be detected, Stallworthy reads the poem more like a string of…

Works Cited

"Archive: Audio Readings." The Norton Anthology of English Literature: Norton Topics

Online. 2009. 10 May 2009.

Blake, William. "London." Archive of Classic Poems. 2009. 10 May 2009.

Romantic Literature 1st Blog Page
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This reflection on Milton and Blake is also the reflections of every person who is looking for purpose in their lives (ibid, 588).

However, in the last generation more and more people are asking the same question as Bloom and raising the issue of purpose. Like the humans that recorded the creation story in Genesis, we are searching for the purpose of our being and existence. Blake's parables answer use poetic license to extend this question of existence into the time of the twilight of the Enlightenment when new knowledge was causing people to ask many of the same questions that they asked when they set down the creation story of Genesis thousands of years before that (ibid).

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hile Israel may be the apple of God's eye, it appears that Jerusalem is that of Blake's since the work comes from this source as well. Inspiring the famous…

Works Cited

Blake, W., and J.E. Grant. Blake's Poetry and Designs. 2nd. New York, NY: W.

W. Norton & Company, 2007. Print.

"The Genesis Apocryphon." 2011. Web. 19 Sep 2011.


Poetry Is One That Is
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Though the reader understands that this is impossible as the beauty of youth cannot last forever, Shakespeare makes a point to remedy this. The speaker in the poem notes that his love's timelessness will be ensured through his actions of writing about her. No matter what happens to either of them through the course of their own lives, the beauty of the woman being written about and love that existed at the moment of the poem's writing will be carried unaltered through the ages to come -- which has proven true for centuries.

Ezra Tompkins' poem, "What is it that Compels," focuses on the themes of love, death, and the fleetingness of human existence. The poem centers upon the speaker after the death of his father and his observance of the way his mother is handling the death of her husband. Tompkins' poem deals with the hardships that come when…


Blake, William. "To See the World in a Grain of Sand [from Auguries of Innocence]."

The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake. Harpswell, Maine: Anchor. 1997. 80-84. Print.

Shakespeare, William. "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?" Love Poems and Sonnets of William Shakespeare. New York, NY: Doubleday Press. 1957. 13. Print.

Stallworthy, Jon. "Sindhi Woman." Rounding the Horn: Collected Poems. Manchester,

Dark Satanic Mills Human Cost of the Industrial Revolution
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Industrial Revolution

It might be argued that the Industrial Revolution throughout Europe was not a revolution in the traditional sense, insofar as it involved no violence. Anyone making this argument, however, is unaware of the existence of the Luddites. Active in England in the early nineteenth century, at the height of the industrial revolution, Luddites were English textile workers who revolted against their replacement with industrial machinery and responded by destroying that machinery. The ritish government responded by sending in the army. The labor historian Eric Hobsbawm notes that "the 12,000 troops deployed against the Luddites greatly exceeded in size the army which Wellington took" to defeat Napoleon, which may give some sense of where governmental priorities actually lay.[footnoteRef:0] The real point is that the Industrial Revolution was tremendously disruptive to the lives of ordinary workers and people, and what is remarkable in retrospect is only that there was not…


Blake, William. "Jerusalem." (accessed March 6, 2014).

Hobsbawm, Eric. "The Machine Breakers."  (accessed March 6, 2014).

MacLeod, Donald. The Stonemason: Donald MacLeod's Chronicle of Scotland's Highland Clearances. Ed. Douglas MacGowan. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2001.

Umachandran, Shalini. "Chequered History of a Textile Company." Times of India, March 12, 2010.  (accessed March 6, 2014).

Art of Poetry Discussion of
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e. To make music). It was so beautiful that the child wept and wanted him to sing it, which he did. Again the child wept and determined that it was so beautiful that all should be allowed to experience it, which was why the child wanted it written down. The beauty that was written down is, presumably, the rest of the poetry that is contained in the book. Whether it actually holds that much beauty is something that could be argued and is not for debate here. The important issue here is that the way that the Introduction is written not only gives insight into the poems that are seen in the book but also expresses the heartfelt joy that lake experienced in writing them and that he hopes the reader will experience as well. This is what he is trying to show and say through the use of the…


Blake, William. (1971). Songs of Innocence. Dover Publications, Inc. New York: NY.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses Pierre Choderlos
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The definition that Merteuil gives of love is very telling: "Don't you recall that love is, like medicine, only the art to help nature?" (Letter 10) the feelings that come naturally must be repressed or transformed by the art of love.

It is the advice that Merteuil herself follows in her affairs. hen she describes the moments she shares with her lovers, her feelings are always half premeditation, half sentiment:

There, half out of premeditation, half from sentiment, I threw my arms around him and fell at his knees. 'To prepare you the surprise of this moment,' I said, 'I reproach myself for having troubled you with an appearance of ill-humour, with having veiled for an instant my heart from your gaze. Forgive these faults, I will expiate them by my love.' You may imagine the effect of that sentimental discourse. The happy Chevalier raised me and my pardon was…

Works Cited

Blake, William. Complete Writings. London: Oxford University Press, 1972.

Laclos, Pierre Choderlos. Les Liaisons Dangereuses. London: Oxford Paperbacks, 1998.

Wrath as Something Belonging to
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In our humanity, we tend to feed such emotions, just as the speaker of the poems suns his tree with "smiles" (7). The wrath does not end but feeds on negativity.

"A Poison Tree" is a mental exercise. The scene of this poem is more significant than anything else because it never leaves the speaker's mind. This poem is about murder. However, it is not the kind of murder we might see on CSI. Instead, this murder takes place within the heart of the speaker. In his soul, where he is completely honest, he allows his enemy to consume the deadly fruit, much like Satan did in the Garden of Eden. Here we see the danger of anger. The tone of this poem is somber, which seems odd when coupled with the sing-song rhyme scheme. It wants to read like a nursery rhyme but its content is far too macabre.…

Works Cited

Blake, William. "A Poison Tree." The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Vol. II. Abrams,

M.H., Ed. New York W.W. Norton and Company. 1986. Print.

Death of the Ball Turret Gunner by
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Death of the Ball Turret Gunner by Randall Jarrell Without knowing that a ball turret is small place in a B-17, we would not understand the central metaphor analogizing the mother's womb to the ball turret, which is essential to understanding that the poem is about the contrast between the warmth of a mother's love and the cold dehumanizing treatment of the "State" where he is just another soldier.

Common Ground by Judith Cofer Before reading the poem, the title seemed quite self-explanatory, I figured the poem would be about finding common ground between people, and in a sense it is, but the message, after reading the poem, is much starker. It is more about the inescapability of aging, the common links that tie generations as the young get old and realize the commonalities they share with their parents.

Hazel Tells LaVerne by Katharyn Machan Knowing the fairy tale helps…

Paradise Lost in His Epic
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332-333, 336-337). The fallen angels' response to Satan's call is the final confirmation of his character, because it demonstrates how he is able to maintain the respect and interest of his followers even though it appears as if they have been stripped of everything. In this sense, Satan is a kind of idealized revolutionary leader, outmatched by the "Almighty" but unwilling to give up, all the while maintaining the respect and loyalty of his followers.

In Paradise Lost, it seems almost inevitable that Milton, whether intentionally or not, was on the Devil's side, even if the narrator of the poem was explicitly not. This is evidenced by the discrepancies between the narrator's account of Satan's character and what is revealed in Book I, when Satan first interacts with the other fallen angels. here the narrator suggests that Satan's actions were born out of vanity and greed, Satan argues otherwise, claiming…

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Milton, John. Paradise Lost. Boston: Woolsworth, Ainsworth, & Co., 1870.

Romanticism Project
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem, "To a Beautiful Spring in a Village" represents the Romantic Movement in that the poet expresses appreciation for the "sweet stream." Coleridge is also expounding on his experience of the stream, which is an example of how the Romantic riters wrote. The poem celebrates the stream with its "friendly banks" and "pebbled falls," focusing on every detail and finding joy in all of them. (Perkins 397)

illiam ordsworth's poem, "Lines ritten in Early Spring" is an excellent example of Romantic verse as it, too, places a great deal of respect and awe upon nature. In this poem, ordsworth laments what "man has made of man" while rejoicing in the beauty of nature. The poet is emphasizing the workings of nature when he thinks that "every flower enjoys the air it breathes" and the birds around him "hopped and played" with their every movement seeming to be…

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Hall, Donald, ed. Contemporary American Poetry. New York: Penguin Books. 1971.

Perkins, David, ed. English Romantic Writers. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Suffer the Little Children --
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Although the speaker means his words to be comforting to Tom, the reader is likely to find it grotesque.

The speaker tells the reader that Tom had a dream, where the young sweepers were set free of their "coffins of black" by an angel and were allowed to play as young children should in heaven (14). This shows how the priorities of society have gone awry -- instead of hoping to live to a ripe old age, children fantasize about dying young so they can act like children in paradise. The idea that God loves little children is betrayed by a society that uses religious rhetoric to encourage children to become content with their miserable lives and do their adult duties. The ending lines of the poem are perhaps the most ironic of all: "Though the morning was cold, Tom was happy and warm; / So if all do their…

Role and Importance of the
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Most individuals fail to appreciate life to the fullest because they concentrate on being remembered as some of the greatest humans who ever lives. This makes it difficult for them to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, considering that they waste most of their time trying to put across ideas that are appealing to the masses. While many did not manage to produce ideas that survived more than them, others succeeded and actually produced thinking that remained in society for a long period of time consequent to their death.

Creativity is generally regarded as one of the most important concepts in society, considering that it generally induces intense feelings in individuals. It is responsible for progress and for the fact that humanity managed to produce a series of ideas that dominated society's thinking through time. In order for someone to create a concept that will live longer than him or…

Evil Perception and the Existence
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In the poem and essay "Compensation," Ralph aldo Emerson makes a much more cogent and coherent assessment of how perspective seems to determine good and evil. His examples, however, are purely situational and do not adequately support his central thesis. For example, he compares a farmer jealous of power to the President examining what he has had to sacrifice to earn the hite House (par. 11). hile it is true that what one might see as a "good" here might be seen as an "evil" by the other, this has nothing to do with real morality. It is not what the President sacrificed of himself that determines the evil of this situation, but whether he sacrificed others for his own personal gain.

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of the most well-known pieces of literature in the estern world. Robert Louis Stevenson shows the novels protagonist,…

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Blake, William. "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell." Accessed 11 November 2010. 

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "Compensation." Accessed 11 November 2010. 

Merwin, W.S. "The Stranger." Accessed 11 November 2010. 

Stevenson, Robert Louis. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Accessed 11 November 2010.