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William Blake's Organized Innocence

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One of the most famous work of William Blake is “The Song of Innocence and Experience”, he express his core idea of the book by means of showing in different poems. Due to the industrialism background at that time, William Blake’s poems are closely related to people’s daily life, and he emphasized the theme of nature in his work. But William’s main purpose is to accuse the government and the church for not taking notice of people who living at the bottom of society, the discrimination and the exploited labor become the source materials of these poems. Therefore, I think the nature theme contrasts with the darkness of industrialism, just as the experience and innocence are relatively contrary.
In Songs of innocence and of experience, “The lamb” and “The tyger” respectively represent” innocence” and “experience”, which also symbol the exploited and the exploiter. “The lamb” symbolizes purity and mildness, the incarnation of God, and it focuses on the concepts of innocence and individualism much like a newborn child, and the perspective of a curious child brings the idea of innocence and religious faith of the Christian belief of Jesus Christ. As for experience, it is when beings are confronted with the world of law, morality, and domination of other individuals. “The Lamb” presents creation in a simplistic way of all things being made by God, where as “The Tyger” tries to understand the motivation behind creation. However, both works are the reflection of similar ideas from a different perspective, is God responsible for creating both the good things in life and the evil things? This also point out the different attitude that William holds against to this world.
In” The little black boy”, the white boy is the experience, while the black boy represents innocence, also the exploited. The poem illustrates the racial discrimination and child labor at that time, hence, it also indicates a despair and longing to be recognized and understood. However, the little black...


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