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William Blake 1757-1827 William Blake wrote during the Romantic period which was a span between 1785 - 1830 Other great writers during this time were Mary Wollstonecraft Coleridge Wordsworth and others Some said that the Romantic period was the fairy tale way of writing through symbolism and allegory and also an age for individualism A crucial point by Romantic theorist referred to the mind emotions and imagination of the poet Abrams et al 5 In comparison to Blakes Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience Northrop Frys distinction between the imagined states of innocence and experience is stated as thus world of innocence unfallen world unified self integration with nature time in harmony with rhythm of human existence world of experience fallen world fragmented divided self alienation from nature time as destructive in opposition of human desire Feldman This can be seen in The Lamb and The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence and in Songs of Experience The Tyger and The Chimney Sweeper Blake was little known as a poet during his lifetime His reputation became established late in the 19th century Blakes first book of poems was Poetical Sketches This book of poems showed his dissatisfaction with the reigning poetic tradition and his restless quest for new forms and techniques Abrams et al 19 Blake was said to write symbolist poetry in which things such as a cloud a flower or a mountain was presented as an object imbued with significance beyond itself Abrams et al 8 Blake along with other poets explored visionary states of consciousness that are common among children but violate the standard categories of adult judgement Abrams et al 10 This can be seen in Blakes Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience In Songs of Innocence the speaker is often a
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