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To be optimistic is to believe that good things will happen in the future Most readers would balk at the poems within Songs of Experience being described thus Afterall the collection is meant as a contradiction to Songs of Innocence the latter showing life through the eyes of innocent children while Songs of Experience illustrate an experienced view of the world However to simply polarise the two would be a gross injustice to the complexities of Blakes work Upon close inspection it is actually possible to detect a slim thread of hope within the negative future Blake describes within Songs of Experience As long as one is able to appreciate the deep subtleties inherent within the poems instead of simply taking them as face value one would be able to understand why the collection is not entirely pessimistic Though the future presented is bleak Blake still presents a solution out of our problems giving us hope however slim for our future This may be hard to swallow for most unless one bears in mind that there are a myriad of possible interpretations of Blakes poetry There is no one definite interpretation as each poem contains a wealth of meanings - even a single word could hold a different significance for different readers Instead of seeking to determine the correct answer one must bear in mind that it is possible to have utterly different interpretations of the same poem without the interpretations being mutually contradictory Thus within the desolate warnings these poems appear to be on the surface slender strands of hope are hidden evident only to the conscientious reader Blake provides this hope in several ways Firstly in some of these poems for example The Fly and To Tirzah the speaker is merely confused Though capable of great thought these speakers are daunted with the problem of coming to terms with their painful experiences in this world Lost they turn to
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