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William Blake was one of Englands great poets His diversity and insight in human nature is truly masterful being able to write in the voice of a young child with all the innocence this brings and then in the voice of an adult Blake did write of dreams and sunny days angels little ones leaping shouting and laughing but to Blake these were all Songs of Innocence A child had not experienced enough to know that life was dreadful dreary cruel and merciless Going through many of lifes experiences hardened him to life and perhaps was the insperation for Songs of Experience Blake was able to take a happy poem with laughter and sun and such and change it only slightly to change it to a much darker tone William Blake was born in 1757 and had no formal education He lived in or near London for most of his life Consequently London became the subject of much of his work He was well read in the Bible Milton and Greek and Latin classic literature evident throughout his work Blake witnessing his brothers death remarked that he saw his brothers soul ascend heavenward clapping its hands for joy Blake continued from that point on to feel Roberts inspirational influence over his work When Blakes brother Robert died in 1787 he reported to have been visited by not only his dead brother but Old Testament prophets 104-105 During one such visitation from his brother Blake was given the method of Illuminated Printing which he would use in many of his works 104-105 In Songs of Innocence Blake asks as a child to play a song that is cheerful and sits down to finish by writing the songs in a book so all who read it will be happy and cheerful Blake shows his mastery of the language in writing these two books He is able to take one poem and change only a few words
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