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William Blake Married homebody “I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s” “I will not Reason and Compare; my business is to Create”

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1 William Blake Married homebody “I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s” “I will not Reason and Compare; my business is to Create”

2 William Blake (cont.) He and his wife did everything in making Songs of Innocence (1789): Writing Designing Printing Engraving

3 Blake’s Poetry Songs of Innocence (1789) With Songs of Experience (1794) Innocence: state of genuine love, naïve trust of Christian doctrine (felt English used church as social control) Experience: profound disillusionment with society and human nature

4 The Tyger Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what winds dare he aspire What the hand dare seize the fire? ferocity and power apostrophe: addressing Tyger directly leads to immediacy – illusion of facing a tiger

5 And what shoulder, and what art, Could twist the sinews of thy heart? And when thy heart began to beat, What dread hand? and what dread feet? What the hammer? what the chain? In what furnace was thy brain? What the anvil? what dread grasp Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

6 When the stars threw down their spears, And watered heaven with their tears, Did he smile his work to see? Did he who made the Lamb make thee? Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye, Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? Satan and angels losing war Dare, NOT Could….what is the effect? Tyger symbol of some- thing greater? Repeated Question? clues to answer… God? Devil? Man?

7 The Lamb Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? Gave thee life, and bid thee feed By the stream and o’er the mead, Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest clothing, wooly, bright; Gave thee such a tender voice, Making all the vales rejoice? Little Lamb, who made thee? Dost thou know who made thee? What is the tone? and Tyger? Who is speaker? What does creator give lamb? Lamb: literal? symbol?

8 Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee, Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee: He is called by thy name, For He calls himself a Lamb. He is meek, and he is mild; He became a little child. I a child, and thou a lamb, We are called by his name. Little Lamb, God bless thee! Symbolism: Who is He? What happened to the lamb in the Bible? In rituals?

9 Blake’s Poetry Songs of Innocence (1789) With Songs of Experience (1794) Innocence: state of genuine love, naïve trust of Christian doctrine (felt English used church as social control) Experience: profound disillusionment with society and human nature


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