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Nurses Song (Experience) Analysis



Author: Poetry of William Blake Type: Poetry Views: 2245

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Songs of Experience1789When the voices of children. are heard on the green

And whisprings are in the dale:

The days of my youth rise fresh in my mind,

My face turns green and pale.Then come home my children. the sun is gone down

And the dews of night arise

Your spring & your day. are wasted in play

And your winter and night in disguise.






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A clear bitterness in recognising lost innocence. Does this resentment provoke the nurse into terminating the play that she so wishes to be part of (or to return to)?
The "dews" of the night suggest potential - the power of a single rain drop may be minimal, however collectively are dangerous. Perhaps may even suggest contamination (where much of blake's poem have such an image within them - refer to innocence introduction "And I stained the water").

| Posted on 2010-06-29 | by a guest


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A clear bitterness in recognising lost innocence. Does this resentment provoke the nurse into terminating the play that she so wishes to be part of (or to return to)?
The "dews" of the night suggest potential - the power of a single rain drop may be minimal, however collectively are dangerous. Perhaps may even suggest contamination (where much of blake's poem have such an image within them - refer to innocence introduction "And I stained the water").

| Posted on 2010-06-29 | by a guest


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The innocence, which is portrayed in The Nurse’s Song from Songs of Innocence, is found particularly in the fact that the children are unaware of the night gradually appearing on them. Could the night be experience? The children continuing to play, even though ‘the dews of night arise’ is evocative of their innocence and naivety and suggests that they are soon to come confront experience.
The Nurse’s Song from Songs of Experience has a relationship to experience through subtle changes to the original text from Songs of Innocence. Instead of ‘laughing’ in the ‘dale’, ‘whisp’rings’ are heard. The use of the more negative language reflects the transition from innocence to experience and the sense of corruption, which surrounds such a transition

| Posted on 2010-02-25 | by a guest


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When the nurse says 'the dews of night arise', it represents experience and danger at nightfall that the children do not want to gain.

| Posted on 2009-02-06 | by a guest


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A clear bitterness in recognising lost innocence. Does this resentment provoke the nurse into terminating the play that she so wishes to be part of (or to return to)?
The "dews" of the night suggest potential - the power of a single rain drop may be minimal, however collectively are dangerous. Perhaps may even suggest contamination (where much of blake's poem have such an image within them - refer to innocence introduction "And I stained the water").

| Posted on 2009-01-28 | by a guest


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The last lines are very ambiguous and pose many questions: is innocence merely a disguise covering our fundamental corruption? Or does growing up mean the inevitable loss of innocence? Is adulthood marked by deceit and hypocrisy? Or is disguise the mask the adult adopts for selfprotection? Overall the poem has an unsettling disturbing effect: the emotion is fear; the vision is waste.

| Posted on 2008-01-20 | by a guest


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Blake uses the colour green here in a different way to the other nurse's ong found in the songs of innocence. Combining the colour green and the word pale gives it a sickly feeling. Making the nurse seem like she is ill watching the children playing and remembering when she was a little child.

| Posted on 2007-05-22 | by a guest




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