Essays on William Blake

Comparing the Similarities and Differences in the Works of William Blake and Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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The double works created by William Blake and Dante Gabriel Rossetti are evidence of the immense amount of work and great attention to detail these two artists dedicatedto both their literary art andtheir pictorial art. Although both artists created memorable compositions, the difference in how they created their pieces is crucial in understanding the different levels of the audience's analysis pertaining to the work's central themes. William Blakeused illuminated printing to create his double works in the Songs of Innocence…...
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The Perceptions on Sight in the Works of William Blake and Brett Whiteley
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Artists use their work to express themselves. They might be seeking to voice their feelings, experiences, or even observations. William Blake and Brett Whiteley have grown to become very popular. Their artistic and literary works are explicit expressions of their personal abilities, skills, as well as opinions. Both their works share certain creative, expressive elements. It is quite apparent that both artists have a deep interest in the influence of sight and how one sees as expressed in some of…...
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“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe and “The Tyger” by William Blake
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Symbols are found within all works of literature. As the class read the given readings, symbols like darkness often appeared. Darkness as a symbol can take many forms. One of the most common forms is animals. While some animals represent purity like sheep, others represent evil like tigers. Tigers represent darkness because of their killing nature and ferocious appearance. Many authors use animals to represent darkness because they are easy to relate to the average reader. Authors like Edgar Allen…...
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William Blake’s “The Sick Rose”
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By analyzing more information from different authors, I was able to draw a greater amount contrast from the authors. I had a better feel for what they were trying to convey when they wrote their critical essays in their books. Whatever the case, it was easier to judge "The Sick Rose" by having more sources to reflect upon. Michael Riffaterre centers his analysis of "The Sick Rose" in "The Self-sufficient Text" by "using internal evidence only [to analyze the poem]…...
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William blake’s “The little vagabond”
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William Blake was an English poet, an creative person, engraver, myth shaper, airy and one of the greatest romantics of his clip. His work is till today considered one of the most first-class parts to English literature. He wanted adult male to open his eyes to the universe of Thought and imaginativeness and his work portrays this attempt. This verse form, 'The Little Vagabond ' is one of his finest pieces which is about a kid mendicant who wanders about…...
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William Blake’s “The Chimney Sweeper”
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William Blake's "The Chimney Sweeper" offers a graphic portrayal of a particular cultural aspect of England in the 1790s. By examining my interactions with the poem, I will attempt to analyse and contrast my own belief system against that which is presented in the text. Blake's poem was initially very striking to me. While reading the first stanza, I was shocked and horrified by the imagery presented by the young narrator. I felt compelled to cry for the poor boy,…...
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William Blake’s “Songs of innocence” vs “Songs of experience” Analysis
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William Blake was born in 1757 in London and died in 1827. Some of his most famous are in two volumes of poetry-"songs of innocence" and "songs of experience". "Songs of innocence" written in (1789); were written for children, easy to understand, very simple vocabulary, simple verses, ideal, happy and optimistic. "Songs of experience" written in (1794); had more difficult ideas and vocabulary, pessimistic, realistic and sad. Blake's world was transformed by the "Industrial Revolution". Children worked in mines/factories/up chimney's…...
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William Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ and ‘Songs of Experience’
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'The little Lamb who made thee, Dost thou know who made thee.' The lambs introductory lines set the style for what follows, an innocent poem about a amiable lamb and it's creator (God). It is divided into two stanzas, the first question about who created such a docile creature with 'clothing of delight.' There are images of the lamb frolicking in divine meadows. The stanza closes the same inquiry it began with. In the second stanza it states the lamb's…...
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The Chimney Sweeper
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Introduction William Blake masterfully uses many literary devices to portray the hopeless life of a young chimney sweep in his poem “The Chimney Sweeper”. The poem has a young, nameless first person narrator which gives the poem a sense of youthful innocence and anonymity that is in direct contradiction to the horrible conditions they suffer. Most of the poem has dark tones that is punctuated by a happy dream of freedom and joy with his true father his creator. The…...
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Wordsworth’s “The Daffodils” and Blake’s “London”
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Introduction In this essay I will be looking at how we can see Heaven represented in Wordsworth's poem "The Daffodils" and how this is shown using language and literary techniques. I will talk about what effect the language used gives and how the imagery in the poem conjures up visions of Heaven. I will also be exploring how Blake uses language and form to create visions of Hell in his poem "London". I will look at how he draws from…...
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With reference to a range of poems in innocence and experience, show how Blake presents attitudes to authority
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"Man is born free, but is everywhere in chains," a famous quotation from Rousseau. It is part of the philosophy underpinning the French Revolution, a movement that Blake strongly supported. The Monarchy and the Church were extremely powerful during Blake's life and he despised this power and order. He felt it was restrictive. Although Blake was religious, he had slightly different beliefs to the traditional Christian. He was a non-conformist who thought that the Ten Commandments were constrictive. He also…...
‘Holy Thursday’ as a follow-up to one of Blake’s earlier poems in the “Songs of Innocence”
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'Holy Thursday' is a follow-up to one of Blake's earlier poems in the "Songs of Innocence", 'The Chimney Sweeper', which explores the lives of orphans living in London Town who live in desolate conditions and are forced to work in slave-like conditions as chimneysweepers. The difference between the two is that 'The Chimney Sweeper' depicts the reality of everyday life for the orphans whereas 'Holy Thursday' gives a picture of one special day in their calendar year where they appear…...
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Compare the ways in which Wordsworth and Blake present their ideas about the city of London
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"Composed upon Westminster Bridge" and "London" are two very different poems themed around the growing important and powerful city of London. William Wordsworth, who wrote "Composed upon Westminster Bridge", writes about the spectacular view and landscape he can see from Westminster Bridge, on an early crisp morning, with the flowering and dazzling sun shining down upon it. He wrote this poem in 1802, when he was in his horse and carriage on his way to France. Whilst passing on Westminster…...
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Blake’s Poetry
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A comparative review of "Songs of Innocence" and of "Experience" by William Blake.Introduction (Innocence) Piping down the valleys wild, Piping songs of pleasant glee, On a cloud I saw a child, And he laughing said to me: "Pipe a song about a lamb!" So I piped with merry chear. "Piper, pipe that song again;" So I piped, he wept to hear. "Drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe; Sing thy songs of happy chear:" So I sung the same again, While…...
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Appreciation of William Blake’s Poem The Fly
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William Blake's "The Fly" (36) contrasts the similarities between the lives of a man and a little fly when a chance encounter on a summer's day causes the narrator to reflect on their respective positions in the world of experience. Blake uses rhetorical questioning, repetition, rhyming, and other poetic devices to convey the unpredictability of life and authority of death, ultimately uniting the man and fly as one in the universal experience. The poem begins when the narrator, perhaps Blake's…...
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“London” by William Blake and “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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In the poems, London' and Ozymandias', the poets successfully portray power using references to religion, wealth and position. The title of the poem 'Ozymandias' is a biblical reference and translates to king of kings'. It shows that the king the poem is about has a sense of arrogant pride and a belief in the immortality of his power. This could link to the downfall of the king and suggests that it was a punishment from God. Both poets use religious…...
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William Blake “The Echoing Green” Poem
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"The Echoing Green" opens with the sun rising on a green field where birds sing and children play. As the children play, "Old john with white hair" and elderly crowd watch and laugh at their antics, remembering less troublesome times. The poem ends with the children going to sleep as the "Sun does descend" However, the tiger from songs of experience is a poem praising god for his ability to formulate "the tiger", representing the pinnacle of perfection on earth.…...
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William Blake: Poet, Painter, Engraver, Illustrator
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William Blake lived in London, England during the late 1700's and early 1800's; he was a brilliant poet who was one of the prominent influences of the Romantics Period. Although he is a prolific poet, he was not as famous during his life as he is now. His works were not fully appreciated until after his death. It was his habit to paint along with his poetry and he used his engraving apprenticeship to fund his love of art. Blake…...
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William Blake VS Emily Dickinson
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William Blake and Emily Dickerson Both discuss love in their poems, but the kind of love their expressing are different. The way they approach and leave their poems are also both different. William Blake's poem A Sick Rose and Emily Dickerson's poem I died for Beauty”but was scarce are both about love but it's very clear that these poems are very different but very similar in different ways. They both are expressing what they feel love is for the time…...
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Chimney Sweep Essay
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The Chimney Sweeper William Blake addresses the political issue presented at the time: the morality of the children sweepers. Blake attempts to describe the working conditions through two perspectives, one being through the eyes of an experienced chimney sweeper and the other through the eyes of the innocent. In the eyes of the experienced, the conditions described are explicit whereas the one through the eyes of the innocent are implicit. The innocence is represented by Tom Dacre. His thoughts, which…...
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Consider William Blakes presentation of love in the poem The Clod and the Pebble
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(b) Paying close attention to language and form, write a critical appreciation of the following poem, considering William Blake’s presentation of love in the poem ‘The Clod and the Pebble’. The Clod and the Pebble "Love seeketh not itself to please, Nor for itself hath any care, But for another gives its ease, And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair." So sung a little Clod of Clay 5 Trodden with the cattle's feet, But a Pebble of the brook Warbled…...
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Compare and Contrast ‘The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence and Experience’
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Even though, a hundred and seventy nine years later, lying in his grave, William Blake is still one of the best influences in poetry and even daily life today. Blake's work, unrecognised during his lifetime, but now is almost universally considered that of a genius. Northrop Frye, who undertook a study of Blake's entire opus, 'What is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English Language.' Blake was born into a middle class family…...
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William Blake Compare and Contrast ‘The Lamb and the Tyger’
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How representative are these poems of Blake's other work in 'songs of innocence and experience' This essay will analyse, compare and contrast two poems by William Blake, called 'The Lamb' and 'the Tyger'. I will be looking at how Blake uses imagery, structure and form to create effects. I will then explore how representative the techniques used are of Blake's other work. Blake grew up in a working class background, he had no early education but he taught himself by…...
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Compare and Contrast London by William Blake and Island Man by Grace Nichols
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Compare and Contrast "London" by William Blake and "Island Man" by Grace Nichols. Consider How Each Poem Conveys Alternative Attitudes To Life And Society. Introduction The poem "London" written by William Blake (1757 - 1827) is a clever poem. Although we can appreciate it, and understand William Blake's ideas, it was not understood or valued when it was written all those years ago. In contrast the poem "Island Man" written by Grace Nichols is a contemporary poem. The single idea…...
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“London” by William Blake with “Composed upon Westminster Bridge” by William Wordsworth
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Compare and contrast "London" by William Blake with "Composed upon Westminster Bridge" by William Wordsworth and show how each used his poetry to express his views about his life and times. Blake and Wordsworth both display different views and attitudes about the city of London in their poems. They both lived in the same era, Blake lived during the 18th and then on into the 19th century (1757- 1827) and Wordsworth also lived during the 18th and then on into…...
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“Lines composed upon Westminster bridge, Sept. 3 1802” and “London”
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These two poems show very different views of London. "Lines composed upon Westminster Bridge", written by William Wordsworth, describes London in detail. He captures the beautified city and expresses the calmness of the morning. William Blake, who lived around the same time, wrote "London" which expresses the chaotic and corrupt side of London. Wordsworth describes the city in much detail. "A sight so touching in its majesty." The "Earth has not anything to show more fair." He expresses his true…...
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Comparison of William Blake’s and William Wordsworth’s Poems
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William Blake and William Wordsworth were both crucial figures of the Romantic era. Identified by its emphasis on enthusiasm, feeling and creativity, the Romantic Movement took place in Europe in the late eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries. Blake's "London"( 1794) and Wordsworth's "Composed upon Westminster Bridge"( 1803) are fine examples of poems from the Romantic age, as both poets share a sense of psychological involvement in their works. However, similarities in between the 2 do not extend beyond their typical…...
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Commentary on London and Jerusalem by William Blake
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The poetry of William Blake is well known for its metaphysical language and profound symbolism. In his two poems, entitled “London” and “Jerusalem” his use of these techniques, alongside many others, is crucial in his portrayal of the corruptive tendencies of man and his perspective on religion and England during the Industrial Revolution. Throughout these poems Blake reveals his strong dislike for the Industrial Revolution and its effect on London, expressed particularly in his poem “London”. His poem “Jerusalem” focuses…...
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The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake (From Songs of Experience)
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“The Chimney Sweeper” is one of the poems written by William Blake which is based on the status of the society during the Industrial Revolution. During this period, people suffered from extreme poverty as materialism, social injustice, and child enslavement thrived. Hence, writers such as William Blake resorted to expressing their thoughts through their literary works. The poem deals with the detestable exploitation of young children as chimney sweeper. It appears that Blake used bleak contrasts to present this deplorable…...
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William Blake’s “The Tyger”: Poem Analysis
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William Blake’s “The Tyger” is a very interesting short lyrical poem about nature, the creation of nature, things in nature, and the creator or creators of nature.  The AABB rhyme pattern makes the poem very sing songy, and therefore, easily read by all ages.  There are only seven syllables in each quatrain and there are 6 quatrains.  The poem is easy to read over and over again due to the rhyme and length of the poem.  What is enjoyable about…...
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A Child’s Voice as Reflected in Victorian and Romantic Poems
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Child labor is one of the most sensitive and controversial issues today, as it is association with child maltreatment. Nowadays, children are entitled to several rights and privileges like the rest of a country’s population, which secure and protect them from all the possible abuses and maltreatments that they may experience. Today, people’s resentment and disagreement towards child abuse and child labor can be observed in campaigns, advocacies, television programs, and other kinds of promotional advertisements. Yet, considering this, one…...
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A Divine Image: a Direct Contrast to the Humanitarian Idealism
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In his 1932 article, "An Interpretation of Blake's "'A Divine Image,'" Stephen Larrabee views the entire poem as a direct contrast to the "humanitarian idealism" (307) of "The Divine Image," with the author making direct line-by-line comparisons of the two. Not until 1959, however, does a critic actually examine Blake's "virtues of delight." In his The Piper & the Bard: A Study of William Blake, Robert Gleckner traces the psychological roots of each of those virtues, while asserting that Mercy,…...
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Songs of Innocence and of Experience Themes by William Blake
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Throughout both Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, Blake repeatedly addresses the destruction of childlike innocence, and in many cases of children's lives, by a society designed to use people for its own selfish ends. Blake romanticizes the children of his poems, only to place them in situations common to his day, in which they find their simple faith in parents or God challenged by harsh conditions. Songs of Experience is an attempt to denounce the cruel society that…...
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Analysis of William Blake’s Garden of Love
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William Blake was an English poet and painter that lived from 1757 to 1827, but first acknowledged as a great writer after his death. He was fascinated by the bible, but against any organized religion. Some people believe he was homosexual because his poems often referred to that, but he was married and had kids for a time. He was against all the rules and empty norms Christianity had, and thought marriage had too many rules. Analysis The first two…...
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Transition in William Blake’s Poems
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“Transition into a new phase of life can seem frightening; however these transitions can result in positive consequences. ” Discuss this statement with reference to two of Blake’s poems and the visual stimulus ‘Growing Up’. As an individual, we may feel daunted by the thought of moving into a new stage of life. However we must realise that change can in the long term result in positive outcomes, despite some negative experiences in the process. This feeling is explored in…...
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William Blake in Contrast of Songs of Innocence and of Experience
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William Blake, an engraver, exemplified his passion for children through his many poems. Blake lived in London most of his life and many fellow literati viewed him as eccentric. He claimed to have interactions with angels and prophets, which had a great influence on his outlook of life. Blake believed all prominent entities, those being church, state, and government had become sick with greed and hatred; and Christianity had somehow failed. According to Jeffery Bell in Industrialization and Imperialism, 1800…...
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Figures of Speech
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Poets use different figures of speech to convey the message of their works. Some poets use metaphors or similes to baffle the mind and force the body to feel and see the images created while others use paradox, hyperboles, or puns to create the same effect. A good poem should involve all the senses and make the mind work to find meaning. William Blake uses metaphors to make the mind work overtime to find multiple meanings in his work "To…...
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The Proverbs of Hell
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The Proverbs of Hell by William Blake offers an alternative analogy of how he views different values perceived by individuals. Originally found within the text the Marriage of Heaven and Hell, the text showcases the juxtaposition and the inversion of the notion of good and evil. Looking at it, the overall text; Marriage of Heaven and Hell showcase an important distinction of Blake’s writing which can also be observed in the way the ‘Proverbs of Hell was written. “The most…...
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Analysis of Infant Joy and Infant Sorrow Poems
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I chose William Blake’s “Infant Joy” and “Infant Sorrow,” because they represent two different perspectives of innocence. I particularly liked “Infant Joy,” due to its dark symbolism, imagery, and figurative depiction of innocence. It is quite shocking that an infant would describe a new world as “dangerous” (Blake 2), where the infant’s parents would either weep or groan, as if in terror. Parents should be happy when they see their baby, but this poem paints a different picture. An infant…...
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Intro to The Romantic Period
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At the turn of the century, fired by ideas of personal and political liberty and of the energy and sublimity of the natural world, artists and intellectuals sought to break the bonds of 18th-century convention. Although the works of Jean Jacques Rousseau and William Godwin had fantastic impact, the French Transformation and its after-effects had the greatest effect of all. In England preliminary assistance for the Revolution was mostly utopian and idealist, and when the French stopped working to measure…...
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With reference to a range of poems in innocence and experience, show how Blake presents attitudes to authority
...Blake questions why God does not forgive the Devil when the bible preaches forgiveness. Although Blake was rejected by his contemporaries, after his death his work has become extremely popular and well known. It interprets life in a way not known bef...
Compare the ways in which Wordsworth and Blake present their ideas about the city of London
...Wordsworth, a visitor to the city, sees London as a place of beauty and magnificence, whereas Blake, a citizen of London, sees it as a place of depression and suffering in which the government and monarchy are to blame. Another difference in the two ...

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