Prompt: Flake’s Songs of Influence and Songs of experience glorify Immortality of Cod, though apparently they read Like poems for children and adults respectively. In the poems, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, William Blake presents the reader a very startling piece of literature. Reading some of his work from songs of innocence, I was shocked at the way the poems were written.
In the poem, The Lamb, I felt as if an elementary student wrote it. It was written in all simplicity and undermined the actual purpose of the poem. However, once reading it again, I realized there’s more to the poem than the simple diction. I went on to do some research about William Blake himself and I learned that he loves lambs. He believes that lambs are the symbols that bring religion and life together. Lambs also embody Innocence which Is probably a reason why Blake wrote “The Lamb” In his poem, the songs of Innocence.
Having such an Immature and childish approach to his first set of poems, Blake surely had to have something that was on a higher level of maturity. Not falling to Impress, Blake also wrote the “Songs of Experience”. This poem took a major spin from his previous poems and the adulthood could really be felt. At first sight, I automatically felt a more serious and manly attitude. In the poem, “The Tiger% it is believed that the tiger represents a religious figure. My initial response was that the tiger was presented as an image of hope and savior.
The tiger is an animal that possesses many traits that signify leadership, strength and morality. Flake’s vision of the tiger is one that dollies the maturity of a man and contrasts men from boys. Both the songs of innocence and songs of experiences have similar trustees and rhyme schemes. Both poems have an “babe” rhyme structure which gives them a nice flow of words. For example, “When the stars threw down their spears and watered heaven with their tears, did he smile his work to see? Did he who made the Lamb make Thee? ” (Tiger, lines 17-20).
Here, Is an exhibit of Flake’s rhyme scheme that helps make reading his poems much easier. He writes with such finesse and proficiency that allows his work to appeal to anyone. Most of his poems are usually no more than 6 stanzas usually containing a quatrain per stanza. Flake’s elements within his writing often make his poems have more meaning to them than what the diction tries to cover up. Blake wrote both Tiger and The Lamb in an apparent first person point of view as he describes his view of both the tiger and the lamb.
Although he speaks in the first person point of view, there are moments in his poems where he leads the reader to believe that he is speaking in the third person point of view omniscient. A primary example of this is when the speaker in the Lamb states, “For he calls himself a Lamb; he is meek and he Is mild, I a child and thou a lamb 15-18). In this statement, the reader Is given to point of views and are unable to tell who really Is speaking, Blake uses stoically and simple diction to help disguise the true meaning of his poems.
HIS themes are often hidden between the lines and take much time and awareness to discover. After reading both Tiger and theme was. He seems to have most of his themes based on religion. We can see in both the Tiger and the Lamb that he uses these animals to portray religion and connect it with the reality of the world. The theme and thought of amazement also plays a role in shaping Blames poems. The blend between the amazement of nature ND supernatural things with religion allows the reader to understand Flake’s inspiration of religion and Christianity in particular.
The message being portrayed in both poems is that the lamb represents innocence and the children are usually innocent. Therefore, Blake uses the lamb as a godly figure to help create innocence in the world. On the contrary, the tiger is also presented as a godly figure that shows us that the world isn’t all safe and peaceful. It gives us the mature idea that god isn’t as giving and forgiving as we would’ve hoped. The use of the tiger links god to the world and displays the true meaning of life. Throughout all of Flake’s poems, a common language has been used to write them all.
He is a man of simple taste and all of his poems seem to come out of nursery rhymes. However, there is more than meets the eye to what he is actually righting. The use of childish diction is only a distraction to what the real meaning of his poems are. To know what he is really talking about one must think outside of the box and really contemplate what the diction is actually trying to tell us. Flake’s magical writing ability is one that drives the mind and is as compelling as the art he displays with his poems.