Symbolism In William Blake's Songs Of Innocence And Experience

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The objectives of this study are attempts to clarify animal symbolism in some of Blake’s work in the “Songs of Innocence & Experience” especially The Lamb & “The Tiger.” The study provides a general survey of Symbolism by tracing the early origins and precursors of Symbolism. In “The Songs of Innocence” William Blake tries to reflect the child’s innocence and ignorance of worldliness through the innocent lamb in The Lamb poem. While “The Songs of Experience” According to Bowra (1969) The Songs of Experience are of a pessimistic view of life that has been conveyed through Blake 's symbolic use of language.
The word symbol is derived from " 'symballein, meaning ‘to throw together’, from the Greek ‘symbolon’ and Latin
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It is an object, a person, a situation, an action, or some other item that has a literal meaning in the story, but suggests or represents other meanings as well" The symbolism can be an objects, people, situation, events or actions that have a literary meaning in context. Symbolism is often used by writers to enhance their writing and give insight to their readers. Symbolism can give a literary work more richness, beauty and can make the meaning of the literary work deeper. Symbolism can take different forms. Generally, it is an object representing another to give it different meaning that is much deeper and more significant. Fadaee(2011) mentioned that (Farshidvard, 1373: 4) wrote that “Although the school of symbolism appeared in France in 1880, but one thousand year before appearing this school, people used symbols for expressing their feelings and thoughts about phenomena, life and death. "The founders of school of symbolism were three great poets, Stephan Mallarme, Poul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud, who used symbols for expressing their thoughts" Wellek, (1984) defines symbols as something "that it stands for or represents something that stands for or represent something else". Symbol has two
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