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Perfectly Poetic TS Eliot once said of Blakes writings The Songs of Innocence and the Songs of Experience and the poems from the Rossetti manuscripts are the poems of a man with a profound interest in human emotions and a profound knowledge of them Grant Pg 507 These two famous books of poetry written by William Blake not only show mens emotions and feelings but explain within themselves the childs innocence and mans experience A little over two centuries ago William Blake introduced to the English literary world his two most famous books of poetry the Songs of Innocence and the Songs of Experience In his own day he was widely believed to be quite mad though those who knew him best thought otherwise Today few of us take Blakes madness seriously either because we dont believe in it or because it no longer matters Blakes fundamental concepts speak mainly about the human condition and emotion and within the realms of this paper I would like to persuade my readers that William Blake uses simple language and metaphors to show the two contrary states of the human soul - innocence and experience The world of innocence is a childs world and it is preserved in the minds of full-grown children by projecting the memory or desire for parental protection on to a higher realm The lambs with their innocent calls the orphans and children with their innocent faces are simple and pure in that they have done no harm but they are also innocent in that nothing challenges their faith They are naive and vulnerable to the conspiracy of the experienced world and yet superior to it in their blessed simplicity The world of experience is a different world then the one of innocence Northrop Frye once said of the experience world The world of experience is the world that adults live in while they are awake It is a very big world and
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