Energy in Blake's Poetry Analytical Essay by floraj74

Energy in Blake's Poetry
An analysis of the rhetorical devices used by William Blake to convey energy in his "Songs of Innocence and Experience".
# 108737 | 824 words | 0 sources | 2008 | FR
Published on Oct 26, 2008 in Literature (Poetry)

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The paper looks at Blake's "Songs of Innocence", specifically, "the Echoing Green" and "Laughing Song" where the natural energy of joy is conveyed. The paper explains that because innocence has not yet been veiled by materiality it can express itself freely through cheerful singing, children plays, free love and other qualities which belong to innocence. The paper contrasts this to the Blake's "Songs of Experience" where the individual is oppressed by repressive forces of society and the material world robs his natural energy, characterized by freedom. The paper refers to the poem "The Chimney Sweeper" to portray how children are no longer soft, innocent and protected creatures but are presented as victims.

From the Paper:

"In the state of innocence, it is definitely a positive energy, which is perfectly natural. Characters live according to their nature and therefore their natural energy is not restrained. This is particularly noticeable in poems such as "the Ecchoing Green", in which the cycle of a day is portrayed. The children are playing joyfully; this is the image of beings living according to their natural energy and unrestrained instinct. The entire scene bathes in delight and harmony. The presence of an elderly figure, "Old John with white hair" and the quadruple use of the possessive "our" reinforces this sense of natural harmony (harmony between generations)."

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