Remember… Key Concepts of Romanticism Reaction to Industrialization Laissez-Faire Feelings-imagination-self-revelation Question tradition and authority Fascination with youth and innocence More psychological and mysterious aspects of human nature Awareness to change and willingness to adapt to it Growing and trusting your emotions Nature poets Imitation to create realities in the mind.
Innocence VS Experience The two contrary states of the human soul
INNOCENCE CHILDHOOD HAPPY SONGS A GENTLE QUESTIONER A STATE OF GENUINE LOVE AND NAÏVE TRUST TOWARDS ALL HUMANKIND ALL LIFE IS PERCEIVED AS ONE AND HOLY IMAGINATION
EXPERIENCE ADULTHOOD FEAR AND WONDER A PROFOUND DISILLUSIONMENT WITH NATURE AND SOCIETY CRUELTY AND HYPOCRISY QUESTIONING WHAT IS GOOD AND EVIL REALITY
Innocence VS Experience The Idiot Box Analyze Spongebob Analyze Squidward Who is Innocent? Who is Experienced? How do you know?
Assignment with Video 1.Analyze Spongebob. Where does he fall on the spectrum? How do you know? What qualities does he possess? State examples to support your conclusion. 2.Analyze Squidward. Where does he fall on the spectrum? What qualities does he possess? State examples to support your conclusion.
THE LAMB THE CHILD, THE LAMB, GOD Children (the innocent) have limited views Blake sees Christ as meek and mild How children (innocent) identify An incomplete view
The Tyger Fear of innocent – you transfer into a deeper reasoning Vibrant passions repressed in your mind (values) “tiger” represents a strong revolutionary energy that can enlighten and transform society
Both the lamb and the tyger The creator is the same. According to the Romantics… Can it be both? Should it be both? Do we need both?
Song of Innocence Song of Experience The Chimney Sweeper When my mother died I was very young, And my father sold me while yet my tongue Could scarcely cry " 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!" So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep. There's little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head, That curl'd llke a lamb's back. was shav'd: so I said "Hush. Tom! never mind it, for when your head's bare You know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair." And so he was quiet & that very night, As Tom was a-sleeping, he had such a sight! That thousands of sweepers, Dick, Joe, Ned or Jack. Were all of them lock'd up in coffins of black. And by came an Angel who had a bright key, And he open'd the coffins & set them all free; Then down a green plain leaping, laughing, they run, And wash in a river. and shine in the Sun. Then naked & white, all their bags left behind, They rise upon clouds and sport in the wind; And the Angel told Tom, if he'd be a good boy, He'd have God for his father & never want joy. And so Tom awoke; and we rose in the dark. And got with our bags & our brushes to work. Tho' the morning was cold, Tom was happy & warm; So if all do their duty they need not fear harm. The Chimney Sweeper A little black thing among the snow: Crying weep, weep, in notes of woe! Where are thy father & mother! say! They are both gone up to the church to pray. Because I was happy upon the heath, And smil'd among the winters snow: They clothed me in the clothes of death, And taught me to sing the notes of woe. And because I am happy, & dance & sing, They think they have done me no injury: And are gone to praise God & his Priest & King Who make up a heaven of our misery.
The Chimney Sweeper(s) Innocence Experience Acceptance of oppression and poverty It gains him a reward in Heaven Bitter and angry at oppression and poverty Recognizes that the people (parents) who pray for him are the same ones who sold him into a life of hard labor