Blake vs. Wordsworth:

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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 betw Continue...


"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. Again, this thought was prevalent in religion during the Romantic period. The mother figure is used, within both poems, as a likeness of support, warmth, and favor. een 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. Out of both writers, Blake speaks in quite a hostile fashion about much of the darkness and bleakness of the age through many, if not all, of his poems within "Songs of Experience. In addition, both writers depict life as a period of trial and preparation for what the future holds and the shared humanity between young vs. There is also evidence that both authors had strong aversions to the Industrial Revolution that was taking place during the period. , Wordsworth makes suggestions of such superior being in stanzas I and V, to name a couple. Their focus remains on the reverence for nature and the divinity within it which would greatly go against the rapid growth of machinery, mechanisms and other technology of the period. Much can be learned about the period in which these poems have been written by the messages and subject matter within. He constantly questions, throughout this poem, the intent of the tiger (the creator ), and yet his question continues to go unresolved at the end of the poem as he, once more, repeats the same question that he originally posed in the first stanza... "Tyger, Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye, Dare frame thy fearful symmetry. Both writers show a clear reverence for societal expectations, such as the form of religious worship, and the racial prejudices of the period. To this very day, this wild animal strikes fear and awe in the hearts of many.