Similarities Between Blake And Wordsworth

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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.
The theme of “Tintern Abbey” is memory and he attempts to redeem the present specifically, and also remember his various childhood memories. “Tintern Abbey” is a monologue, imaginatively spoken by the speaker to himself, referencing the specific objects the imaginary place would hold. Both generally and specifically, this subject is of predominate importance in Wordsworth’s work. In the preface to Lyrical Ballads,
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The traditional image of Jesus as a lamb is shown as one of the Christian values of gentleness and peace. The image of the narrator is also associated with Christianity and Jesus. The Bible’s depiction of Jesus in his childhood shows him as vulnerable. This particular poem, like many others of the Songs of Innocence, accepts what Blake saw as a positive aspect of Christianity. The relevant poem to this one, found in the Songs of Experience, is “The Tyger” taken together, the two poems give a perspective on religion that includes the good and clear as well as the terrible. These poems complement and contrast each other to give us a better insight than either poem offers independently. They offer a good instance of how Blake himself stands somewhere outside the perspectives of innocence and experience he projects. Blake sees God as a being that
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