In 1780s and 1790s, Blake published the poems called Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. He also has given subtitle name as ‘Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul.’ The works of Innocence is more concerned on wondered over the clarity and unharmed nature of childhood. Whereas, the experience works mainly to portray the dishonesty of adulthood, those works have a much mysterious mood and tone. For Example, 'The Lamb' occurs in the Songs of Innocence and “The Tiger” appears in the Songs of experience, which has more complexity in the language forms to understand the entire concept of the poem. Blake also rarely, but always reflected the feelings to represent by the twin perceptions in the songs of innocence and experience, where old folk and children, mothers and fathers,
It is due to age (“time”( line 3)) and sickness (“fever”( line 3)) that childhood is “ephemeral”(line 6), lasting only for a short time. This image sets the tone of the poem. The poet uses childhood as a metaphor for his relationship leading the reader to believe that the relationship is young, new and still holds the beauty of discovery. Although the speaker does not want his lover’s beauty to be diminished through time nor sickness, he realizes it is inevitable as age cannot be stopped nor sickness completely avoided. Time is used throughout the poem to display the coming to the end of something.
In ‘Piano’, Lawrence explores nostalgia caused by the romanticized memories of childhood compared with the harsh realities of adult life. Similarly in ‘Poem at 39’, Walker looks at the wistfulness of nostalgia, and the longing for an idealized past, as well as remembrance of loved ones and of unconditional love between parent and child. However in ‘Remember’, Christina Georgina Rossetti probes the perplexity of nostalgia, highlighting the dominant tensions upon which she orders her beloved to remember her after her death even when his memories begin to fade. In “Piano” by D. H. Lawrence, the speaker recalls a childhood memory. Memories facilitate holding on to everything a person loves, without memories of the past we cannot operate in the present.
Poetry before the time of Wood worth employed a lot of philosophical and intellectual engagements. (Stephen 70) The history of William Wordsworth has helped in understanding the poem by firstly knowing that his sister Dorothy was the silent listener mentioned at the end of the poem. It is also important in understanding how the poem was composed and the various situations showing communion with nature. His historical background also shows that he was a Romanticist and together with another composer it gave Wordsworth the ability to grow further in poetry.
William Blake and William Wordsworth encounter concepts of innocence throughout their poetic experiences., but from different points of view. From Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey” to Blake’s “Songs of Innocence”, they portray different realisations with the concept of innocence. “Tintern Abbey” produced a literary revolution as great poets such as Plath, Boland and Yeats were influenced to write because of “Tintern Abbey”. Wordsworth kick started the beginning of what we know as modern poetry. Wordsworth discusses the alienation of the struggles associated with childhood, however Blake uses pastoralism to reverse the oppression which he believes the Bible portrays.
Although written some 70 years ago, what makes this poem so relevant today is that it is not as relatable today. Fewer people are having children in the United States, and this poem will give them insight to what having a child entails. By utilizing the physical characteristics of the fetus, words choice, and metaphors throughout the poem, she is making the poem eternally relevant. All of these strategies play as a stepping-stone to convey the emotionally visceral aspects of having a child, and as a result will cause people to desire that same fulfilling feeling as well and have more children. When we read this poem, we see many references to the physical characteristics of the unborn child.
The tale’s structure and form “suggest images to the child by which he can structure his daydreams and with them give better direction to his life” . Even though fairy tales consist of magical stories, they still deal with various common problems. These problems often deal with family issues which children can relate to. Even though the original meaning of the word Märchen is a fitting description of a fairy tale as fairy tales are intended to entertain the reader and listener as well as send, most of the times, a moral message as well. Children who are aware of certain fairy tales, legends and stories are also introduced to everyday problems such as the fear to lose a loved one, to lose their mother and/or father and will be assigned to an evil stepmother or –father or that they will be left alone by their parents.
Thesis draft 2 Statement- William Blake’s famous collection of poetry “song of innocence” and “song of experience” shows the two contrasting sides of the world based on human experience. William Blake’s famous collection of poetry “song of innocence” and “song of experience” shows the two contrasting sides of the world based on human experience. In the “song of innocence” the poems are happy and bright , these poems show a child’s outlook on the world which is eager and innocent. In the “song of experience”, however after sometimes the mood changes completely. The poem all at once becomes darker , sadder and more realistic, dropping the view point of the innocent child and moving to the sight of a weathered, experienced adult who knows more of the “real life” then he would like to .
The short sharp ending breaks the sequence of the poem which results into a breathless rush of urgency which emphasises the society which is becoming manipulative. In conclusion Louis MacNeice 's poem “Prayer Before Birth” emphasizes the need to that an unborn child has to stay in protection in contrast Caroline Duffy 's poem “Catrin” highlights the unrestrained freedom a teenager desires. In ‘Catrin’ the poem delves into a once nourished cordial relationship which was eventually made into an almost toxic like relationship as Catrin enters her adolescence. Catrin a teenager is desperate to experience a glimpse freedom however her mother is apprehensive and wants to protect her from the deranged world. The conflict may be ongoing but the poet assures us that they would forever and always be connected by the ‘’red rope of love’’ which represent the umbilical cord that signifies the unbreakable vow of trust , warmth and endless love only a mother and daughter can share between.
“Nineteen”, by Elizabeth Alexander uses language and tone to form a multi-sensory poem about remembering her youth and desire to connect to her past Vietnam vet lover. These aspects of language and tone are embedded in the outer form of the poem, as the author forms an imaginative recreation of her young adult life, which directly impacts the reader to allow for an enjoyable simple read. The elements of language and tone formation ensure the translation of Alexander’s emotions or feelings of her youth for the audience to relate and understand. In the first place, the language within “Nineteen” is casual and not really poetic. This free-flowing language usage is seen through the three stanzas, as modern and allow ease in terms of reading for