It is evident that William Blake introduces both sides of the argument for a view on childhood with his poems “Songs of Innocence” and “Songs of Experience. Unlike William Wordsworth, Blake illustrates the antithesis of a tame and gentle world in many of his poems in “Songs of Experience.” I feel more drawn to the “Songs of Innocence”, particularly “The Little Black Boy“, for a multitude of reasons.
Similar to Wordsworth’s “Intimations of Immortality“ Blake draws us to deduce the message of trials in life and the growth which comes from such trials. In addition, there is an analogy of a mother and child relationship in “Intimations.“ which is evident in stanza IV which states the following…
“And the Babe leaps up on his Mother's arm:--
I hear, I hear, with joy I hear! “
Other references to a mother/child relationship are also noted in the following quotes as well…
“And, even with something of a Mother's mind,”
“Fretted by sallies of his mother's kisses,
With light upon him from his father's eyes! “
“The Little Black Boy” also shows a relationship between and mother and child whereby the mother is the comforter and “arm” with which the child leans on for direction and assurance as she relates to him, of what is to come in the future. The mother figure is used, within both poems, as a likeness of support, warmth, and favor.
“She took me on her lap and kissed me,
And pointing to the East began to say,”
Another similarity between the two poems mentioned includes the ability of both writers to point out to the reader a benevolence in nature, who is the divine creator with whom we will be reunited with. In “Intimations.”, Wordsworth makes suggestions of such superior being in stanzas I and V, to name a couple.
“Appareled in celestial light,”
“But trailing clouds of glory do we come From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us...