Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake

Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Songs of Innocence and of Experience is an illustrated collection of poems by William Blake. It appeared in two phases. A few first copies were printed and illuminated by William Blake himself in 1789; five years later he bound these poems with a set of new poems in a volume titled Songs of Innocence and of Experience Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul.

Details Songs of Innocence and of Experience

TitleSongs of Innocence and of Experience
Release DateJan 1st, 2005
GenrePoetry, Classics, Literature, Fiction, 18th Century

Reviews Songs of Innocence and of Experience

  • Bookdragon Sean
    “Am not IA fly like thee?Or art not thouA man like me?” Out of all the poetry I have read, these four lines are amongst my favourite. They have stuck with me over several years and seem to resonate within me. I’ve even considered having them tattooed onto my arm. Why these lines? You may ask.It’s simple really: they say so much. Different readings can be made here, but the one I see most strongly is man talking to nature. Man questions i...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Tyger! Tyger! burning bright, In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?I don’t think I would dare give any collection of poems that contains the above lines anything less than five stars. Luckily, although every poem isn’t a winner for me (cough*Laughing Song*cough), there are so many immortal poems in this collection that I don’t feel the least bit guilty for giving the collection the full fiv...
  • Darwin8u
    Billy Blake Who Made Thee?Poet Poet, burning bright, In the stanzas of the night; What romantic coquetry, Could frame thy fearful poetry?In what distant when or whys, roll'd the epic of thine eyes?On wet verse dare he aspire?What poet's hand, robs Shelly's pyre?And what meter, & what art,Could twist the cadence of thy heart?And when thy heart began to beat,What dread iambs? & what dread feet?What the motif? what the type, In what belly was thy gr...
  • Florencia
    ...Folly is an endless maze;Tangled roots perplex her ways;How many have fallen there!They stumble all night over bones of the dead;And feel — they know not what but care;And wish to lead others, when they should be led.- William Blake, "The Voice of the Ancient Bard"The smile of a child. The face of a lamb. The purity of maternal love. Solidarity. These are images chosen by Blake to convey his thoughts on innocence. When I think of innocence, ...
  • Bradley
    Well, one lousy review can't do Blake's poems any justice, not unless you're flush with time and the soul of a poet, yourself. :)I can say, however, that the title kinda gives the whole gig away. :) The first section is rife with allusions to Jesus and the second is full of wry and rather sarcastic religious revolutionary insights that I *clearly* appreciate much more than the innocent ones. :) Yes, love should be shown! No, life should not be th...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    I adore William Blake's poetry and this illustrated collection is fantastic. Unlike other British poets from centuries back (like John Donne for example), his text is usually far easier to read even without a thesaurus and always delightful and full of imagery. a Must!
  • Lit Bug
    My first brush with Blake was through the impeccable poem London more than a decade back. Since then, I'd got to read more poems of his, all carefully chosen by the academicians, quickly putting him in my list of favorite poets. Then before I reached my twenties, I read this little collection, and liked it immensely.Songs of Innocence was what I was looking for, with its naïve outlook on life, the idyllic pictures of innocence I was unwilling to...
  • Kimi
    That moment when your favorite Tv Show makes you read Romantic poetry of the 18th century.
  • Sohaib
    Okay. Four stars. I've read the Songs along with a wonderful commentary by Alan Tomlinson, who juxtaposes contrary poems from Innocence and Experience and explains them in relation to one another. More on his book in a review later. Here's what I think of the Songs:First, a confession. I've read them out loud like an idiot, savoring the crunchy taste of consonants and breathing through the vowels, dancing with some of the poems (the pretty ones) ...
  • Mike Puma
    A review, of sorts, may be found in Message 1.
  • Connie
    William Blake was an English painter and printmaker, as well as a poet and social critic. In 1789 he printed a small number of his illustrated books of poetry which were colored with paint by hand. The pages of Blake's lovely "Songs of Innocence and Experience" can be seen on the British Library's website: Songs of Innocence depict the world in a pure, childlike innocence. The Songs of Experience look a...
  • Priyanka
    William Blake’s short poems profess a narrative far beyond what actually exists on the page. They communicate with incredible power and economy, smashing to smithereens the false structures of existing beliefs and opinions. His poems are like gravel thrown into a pool, ripples radiating outwards indefinitely, stirring everything they touch.
  • Carmo
    Esteticamente este livrinho é uma preciosidade. Edição bilingue, inclui reproduções dos poemas originais e gravuras alusivas a cada um deles, criações do próprio Blake, que antes de ser poeta já era ilustrador. A boa conjugação das ilustrações com a simbologia e os jogos sonoros, fazem destes poemas uma obra única, a fazer lembrar os livros infantis que encontrava lá por casa guardados pelos meus pais. O ritmo e as repetições con...
  • Nikola Pavlovic
    Dobar je Blejk, ima svoj stil i vidi se da je beskrajno talentovan. Ideje u ovoj zbirci, poruke i realizacija su mo dosta jaki, iskreni i podsticu na razmisljanje i introspekciju. Iskren da budem nije bas "my cup of tea" ali nisam se ni muci citajuci ga.
  • Knarik Avetisyan
    Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience (1794) juxtapose the innocent, pastoral world of childhood against an adult world of corruption and repression; while such poems as “The Lamb” represent a meek virtue, poems like “The Tyger” exhibit opposing, darker forces. Thus the collection as a whole explores the value and limitations of two different perspectives on the world. Many of the poems fall into pairs, so that the same situation or...
  • Manny
    Seen in this week's Private Eye:Tiger! Tiger! Burning brightIn the middle of the nightWhat on earth was going on?Perhaps we will never knowfrom Songs of Innocent Until Proven Guilty
  • Katie Lumsden
    I really enjoyed these, especially the way the poems pair together between the sections.
  • Jason Gignac
    Wow.I know, I'm very purply in my prose when I talk about books, and I have a tendency to say everything is beautiful. I know this probably takes away from the impact of when I really find something life-changingly perfect. Do not let my larkety-la-ti-da writing style in reviews, however, stop you from putting down whatever you're reading, and immediately adding this precious book to the store of books you've read.I can honestly say that, if the ...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    Maybe it's sacrilege, maybe it isn't, but I've never been a fan of Blake, artwork or poetry. *shrugs*It could be b/c I studied him alongside many whom I felt were vastly superior: Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, BURNS, SCOTT (in caps b/c LOVE my Irish poets), Hopkins came a bit later and is considered Victorian, but I don't care b/c LOVE him, too . . . "The just man justices . . ."Indeed, he does. So yeah . . . for me, Blake doesn't measure ...
  • Joey
    Full of beautiful poems which intend to express human spirit restrained by conservative rules.Besides, I could feel the burning desires the poet wanted to express. Among the poems I appreciated :THE GARDEN OF LOVEI laid me down upon a bank,Where Love lay sleeping;I heard among the rushes dankWeeping, weeping.Then I went to the heath and the wild,To the thistles and thorns of the waste;And they told me how they were beguiled,Driven out, and compel...
  • Person113
    It is a mixture of the light of night and the dark of day (whatever I even mean by know what, just go fucking read this it's happy, sad, dark, weird, beautiful, and great and will take you like two hours to read at MOST).
  • Ravi Prakash
    Blake has always been in one of my favorite English poets. As Thomas Carlyle said, "Poetry is musical thoughts" and Blake follow this tradition. His poetry has music that soothes the heart.."The Song of Innocence and Experience" is a very small book and can be read in just one sitting but its poetic fragrance will remain with you for a long time.
  • Draven
    William Blake, my favorite poet of all time. Always overshadowed by his fellow Romantic contemporaries, such as Wordsworth, much to my dismay and the detriment of poetry lovers everywhere.Songs of Innocence and Experience is a must-read period, regardless of genres. Anyone with an artistic soul will only benefit from its beauty and perfection. It is truly an enriching experience.The Chimney Sweeper is my personal favorite. I cry every time I read...
  • somuchreading
    Δεν είμαι για ποίηση εγώ παιδιά, αφήστε καλύτερα.
  • Mari Yeung
    William Blake is my favorite poet ever. And 'London' is the best of this collection, maybe my favorite poem of all time.This is one of the rare times in which I have to thank school.
  • maheen ~bookqueen~
    I. LOVED. IT.(no more is needed to be said)
  • Huda AbuKhoti
    Amazing read! You might feel a bit bored of the overly joyous innocence poems, but when you start reading the experience poems, the book becomes perfectly balanced My favorites were of course in the experience chapter:I loved the Clod and the Pebble It really was the ultimate poem of contrast. 'Love seeketh not itself to please,Nor for itself hath any care,But for another gives its ease,And builds a heaven in hell's despair.'So sung a little clod...
  • Matthew DeCostanza
    In turns heartfelt and alienating, warm and eerie.The duplicity with which this book is written is its most defining characteristic, making it a direct reflection of the world we live in. It's short, but encompassing; it's safe to say that the breadth of emotions I felt in the hour I spent reading this book were more vivid and diverse than the emotions I'm going to feel this coming week.My favorite William Blake anecdote says that when he was fou...
  • Oziel Bispo
    O LÍRIO"A Rosa frágil tem o espinho por defesa,A humilde Ovelha exibe o chifre ameaçador; Porém ao branco Lírio é suficiente o Amor –Não há espinho ou ameaça a turvar-lhe a beleza" Um livro curto mas com uma grande profundidade numa exaltação aos sentimentos , decepções e injustiças da vida e da natureza.