(222) This is predominately true about Blake because he is known to poet who did not have problems voicing his own opinion, especially when it came to important issues that affect the majority of people such as poverty and other issues that associated with it. The best way for him to get his message across would be throughout the representations in his poetry, which is obviously highlighted in Songs of Innocence and Experience, even if he comes across as through as he is making his mark rather than making remarks and can be seen as controversial about the human suffering that surrounds him, which is what Mandell also points out.
Poem number eleven within his notebook starts with the lines, “‘The shepard blew upon his reed a strange fragility of notes’” which is a clear imitation of the first few lyrics of Blake’s Songs of Innocence. It was also discovered that the twelfth poem titled The Shepherd to His Lass contained early imitations of pastoral lyrics, which can be reasonably attributed to Blake’s influence, given Thomas’s great interest in Blake (13-14 Grant). Dylan Thomas’s concept of the Divine Image can also be given credit to Blake’s influence from Vala; much of the imagery used in Thomas’s In the Beginning is very Blakean and can be traced to similarities in The Book of Urizen. The use of imagery that incorporates blood and anatomy is consistent with both poets while they tend to see the world in human form. For example, they both view the creation of the world as the creation of the human body and views the world in it’s “fallen form” in terms of a “giant sleeping body” (Grant 17).
The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake is about a young boy who is sold to be a chimney sweeper by his father, after his mother passed away. At the time, there were no child labor laws. In Infant Sorrow by William Blake, is about a child that is born into poverty and the infant feels that he is a burden to his parents; started being a burden to his parents from birth on. Not a happy birth for the infant, which lands this poem in Songs of Experience. An archetype is an action, idea, or character that represents something more than itself, often has a universal meaning
George Norton’s 2014 analysis of William’s Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience focuses primarily on the two poems titled “The Chimney Sweeper”. In his response to the innocent version, he says that, “the boy explains that he was sold by his father after the death of his mother. The reader, too, becomes implicated in his exploitation: ‘So your chimneys I sweep’ (my italics), he declares, though the suggestion is Blake’s; the speaker seems unaware of his own degradation. Central to the poem is the dual contrast between the grim realities of the sweeps’ lives and the ecstatic vision of liberty contained in the dream of Tom Dacre, a new recruit to the gang.” I agree with this completely. Next in the poem, it discusses the new recruit, Tom,
As evidenced in the paragraphs above, the speaker in Blake’s poem To Tirzah believes in redemption, while the speaker in Baudelaire’s Obsession cannot find it. A larger implication that can be drawn from this difference is that while To Tirzah establishes some kind of belief in God through reaffirming the possibility of redemption, Obsession rejects religion based on the darkness that the speaker is left with. Therefore, the techniques that both Blake and Baudelaire use reveal the temperament and underlying values of the poems. The tone and mood of To Tirzah is dark, as the opening line creates a pensive, foreboding image of death. The tone of Obsession, however, is filled with anger, culminating in a sense of melancholic disappointment.
Throughout the poem Roethke discusses the child’s negative but positive memories of growing up with his father through the use of the boy’s acquiescent tone, meaningful and forceful words, metaphors, the mother’s bitter tone, and rhyme patterns. Analyzing the tone can be quite difficult throughout this
It’s the racial division, and the abuse used against someone who is just as human being as everyone else and that portrays the whole situation. The poem by Lorde has pretty much the same connotation as the letter of James, it’s just that the poem drowns us deeper and deeper in details, by figuratively feeding us up with the real sufferings, isolation and the brutality system used to impose on black people. Let me start with the letter – “This innocent country set you down in a ghetto in which, in fact, it intended that you should perish”. – In this sentence Baldwin explains the innocence of the black community as being a pray of a broader system inherited since the establishment of this great nation. It uses the word ‘perish’ which has a very strong meaning, it expresses the real
The poem “Speech to the Young” by Gwendolyn Brooks is a poem talking to younger people that advises them on their lives going forward. It tells them to never give up, don’t let people deter them and always have sights on what you want to accomplish. Clarified explanation of the message, effective and clever use of hyperbole and metaphors, and choosing a certain audience all contributed to the overall relevance and flow of this poem. The message that this poem displays is one that is heard, taught and loved by many people. This poem encourages readers to face the reality that life throws all kinds of curveballs--which in this poem, resemble people who are negative, tough to deal with, and just simply get in your way and deter you from achieving what you desire.
William Blake was, of course, one of them, indirectly trying to influence the political authorities and society, in general, to change the laws on children’s working obligations and rights by subtle writings and illustrations. “During the latter half of his long life the whole world was in turmoil of wars and bloody revolutions. The prophetic spirit in poetry was despised and neglected. [...] Politics had become a selfish gamble for power in which the interests and lives of the people were ruthlessly sacrificed. The organized churches were, in Blake's mind, and perhaps truly, the greatest curse of the age” (Clarke, 1929, p.
To what extent does an individual's background play a role in the success that they will likely achieve? Certain elements such as race, color, gender, and social status are beyond human control and yet they play such a vital role in shaping our future. The two poems by Claude McKay, “The Lynching” and “ The Harlem Dancer” touch on the idea of society constructed around a hierarchical pyramid. These poems represent an individual who is in a state of humiliation as one is a victim of sexism while the other endures racial attacks. McKay provides two poems that contribute to the overall theme of human cruelty and the degree that which fate impacts our lives.