Blake's Poetry Analytical Essay

Blake's Poetry
A study of William Blake's pair of opposing poems entitled "Holy Thursday".
# 62443 | 1,649 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2005 | CA
Published on Nov 26, 2005 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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William Blake's artistic works offer the modern reader a glimpse of the preoccupations of the romantic era. This paper examines how the pair of poems, both entitled "Holy Thursday" from his anthology "Songs of Innocence and Experience", and their image representations provide a contemporary reader with details concerning how "Innocence" and "Experience" differ, as well as attempting to educate the masses about the plight of the poverty-stricken children of the eighteenth century.

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""Holy Thursday" in the innocence portion of Songs of Innocence and Experience exposes the plight of the poverty-stricken children of nineteenth century London. In the first stanza, the children form a procession to attend a service at St. Paul's Cathedral. These children are likened to "flowers", due to their colourful attire ("red", "blue", "green"). This is paradoxical as the children are being compared to beautiful and independent elements of nature, rather than as a burden upon society. Within the context of the plate's image, the children and their benefactors are all coloured a light brown. Within the first line, the children are said to have both "innocent" and "clean" faces. The fact that the cleanliness of their faces is remarked upon suggests that this is an unusual occurrence. As they walk in pairs, they are led by "grey headed beadles" whom "carry wands as white as snow"."

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