Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake

Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Songs of Experience is a 1794 poetry collection of 26 poems forming the second part of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Some of the poems, such as The Little Boy Lost and The Little Boy Found were moved by Blake to Songs of Innocence, and were frequently moved between the two books.[citation needed]In this collection of poems, Blake contrasts Songs of Innocence, in which he shows how the human spirit blossoms when allowed its...

Details Songs of Innocence and of Experience

TitleSongs of Innocence and of Experience
Release DateJan 1st, 2005
Number of pages56 pages
GenrePoetry, Classics, Fiction, Literature, 18th Century, European Literature, British Literature, Art, Academic, School, English Literature, College

Reviews Songs of Innocence and of Experience

  • 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...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    Blake’s poetry is marvellously deceptive; it appears so simple, but that’s the beauty of it. Hidden behind the innocent and childlike songs is a sense of irony and sarcasm. The narrators of the poems describe the world as they see it; it is a mere reflection of their own limited perceptions; they see the world through a childlike and predetermined state. In essence, they see what they are meant to see, and nothing beyond that. Well, not until...
  • 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...
  • Brad
    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...
  • 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, ...
  • 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...
  • Mike Puma
    A review, of sorts, may be found in Message 1.
  • 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...
  • Kimi
    That moment when your favorite Tv Show makes you read Romantic poetry of the 18th century.
  • 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.
  • Miguel
    A poesia não se explica, a poesia implica , disse Sophia de Mello Breyner. Canções de Inocência e de Experiência , poesia do século dezoito, cerzida com a doutrina religiosa, com o escrúpulo linguístico, motivada pelas dinâmicas e assimetrias da Alma humana casada com a Natureza. A TirzahTodo o que Nasce de Mortal Nascer,Co' a Terra consumido deve ser Para se erguer de Geração liberto;Tenho algo a ver contigo eu por certo?Os Sexos d...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Liam
    ( 2.7 STARS )I did really like some of these but the majority of them just went straight over my head to be honest..
  • 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...
  • 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
  • somuchreading
    Δεν είμαι για ποίηση εγώ παιδιά, αφήστε καλύτερα.
  • 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...
  • Khaled.
    يجب قراءة أغنيات التجربة بعد أغنيات البراءة، عدم قراءة ديوانا بلايك بهذا الشكل تجعل العمل ناقصا، كلوحة فنية غير مكتملة. بالنسبة لي، أنجذب إلى الشعر الذي يصنع المفارقة الذكية، لذا لا أميل إلى شعر الوصف، بمدارسها المتعددة، منها الرومانتيكية، لا أن...
  • 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...
  • Mike Jensen
    I don't get Blake's reputation. I grant the genius of “The Tyger,” but 90% of the rest of the poems in this book are doggerel. The other 10% are doggerel mixed with a good idea gone wrong or a nice line or image mixed with some very bad writing. It is hard for me to understand why anyone but a Christian fundamentalist with a taste for trite rhymes or an English lit scholar would bother. This raises the question of why Tyger is so good. My bli...
  • Aleksandra
    Tiger, tiger, burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
  • La Mala ✌
    Reseña cuando termine de analizarlo como se debe. (Y dependiendo de si apruebo el cuatrimestre)
  • 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...
  • Nick
    "How can the bird that is born for joy,Sit in a cage and sing?How can a child when fears annoy,But droop his tender wingAnd forget his youthful spring?"***"Dear Mother, dear Mother, the Church is coldBut the Ale-house is pleasant and warm."