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Songs Of Innocence: Introduction Analysis



Author: Poetry of William Blake Type: Poetry Views: 2448

Songs of Innocence1789Piping down the valleys wild

Piping songs of pleasant glee

On a cloud I saw a child.

And he laughing said to me.Pipe a song about a Lamb:

So I piped with merry chear,

Piper, pipe that song again--

So I piped, he wept to hear.Drop thy pipe thy happy pipe

Sing thy songs of happy chear,

So I sung the same again

While he wept with joy to hearPiper sit thee down and write

In a book that all may read--

So he vanished from my sight

And I pluck'd a hollow reed.And I made a rural pen,

And I stained the water clear,

And I wrote my happy songs,

Every child may joy to hear.






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The pastoral setting is in-keeping with the Romantic viewpoint, and the semantic field of nature is present throughout the poem. However, it seems as though there is something dark lurking behind the meaning of this poem, possibly alluded to by the general feeling of descent, \'down\', \'drop\'.

| Posted on 2012-04-15 | by a guest


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The rhyme scheme is simply rhyming the second and last line of each stanza. It directly relates to the subject of childhood and innocence because it reminds children and adults of the nursery rhymes they used to sing with the same rhyming patterns. It connects us and helps us reminisce our childhoods.

| Posted on 2011-03-26 | by a guest


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I feel that the angelic and free imagery that is portrayed within this poem is just the skin of a much deeper and darker image. This seems the case with all his innocence poems, not just this one. I feel that as when the Lamb is mentioned, it is in capital letters, the song that he is actually singing is about jesus, however, we must now take into consideration that this child is in fact secluded from everyone at this point. I feel that the darker image is that this child is finding an internal freedom with this angel that he is seeing. It seems to me that it is Blakes way of showing how a childs innocence will force him to try to escape certain situations.

| Posted on 2010-12-14 | by a guest


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Blake expresses his concern about using a written language to explore Innocence, Reason 1: Blake is experienced and thus by writing in a childs register can explore innocence but will sully it with his own experience. Reason 2: Books were controlled by Institutions such as the church and the aristocrasy and as such will constrict his writing which he wants to be all accessible (his use of ballad form) Reason 3: Writing is a comprimised for of communication because it an external expression of the internal and therefore will be an articulation of our mind forg\'d manacles.
Blake sees Angels and a symbol of spiritual Hypocrasy (C.F, The Chimney Sweepers-Song of Innocence) The Child constricst Blakes art. Music>Song>Written, audiences get smaller and blake become more and more controlled

| Posted on 2010-10-02 | by a guest


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I think that Addie posted the comment beneath mine.

| Posted on 2010-02-22 | by a guest


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I think children ask the most challenging questions. They seem shallow when on the outside, however, a closer look reveals a universal truth behind it.

| Posted on 2010-02-22 | by a guest


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I think children ask the most challenging questions. They seem shallow when on the outside, however, a closer look reveals a universal truth behind it.

| Posted on 2010-02-22 | by a guest


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i think that everybody should make sweet whoopee to each other

| Posted on 2010-01-28 | by a guest


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In my opinion, I believe that this poem has more to it than just the basic romantic elements mentioned above. To me the child symbolizes a angle. The angle lets to composer know that his songs are cheerful.Therefore, he should share them with the world.

| Posted on 2009-11-13 | by a guest


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In my opinion, I believe that this poem has more to it than just the basic romantic elements mentioned before. To me the child symbolizes a angle.

| Posted on 2009-11-13 | by a guest


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This is a canonical poem of the romantic period. In it lies the key romantic elements: Imagination, emotion, idealism. Nature is a key element that resonates throughout this flamboyant poem. Nature to the romantics was god like in its significance and this can be seen in Blake's reference to "the water" and "the valleys wild". The poem is about life; a lamb: a baby; the freshness of beginning. Which leads to the innocence of the poem; the lamb and the child are both creatures of innocence, hence Blake's title - "Songs of innocence" which contrast to his poems that lie under the vale of "Songs of experience".

| Posted on 2006-03-08 | by Approved Guest




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