William Blake

Blake was fascinating simply because of the binaries or lack of binaries found while reading his work. Focusing on Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, it seemed as if the two would contrast each other, but acutally there was a lot of overlap between the two books. The poems I enjoyed reading the most were “Infant Joy” and “Infant Sorrow.” The “innocence” seems to be simply the ignorance in this poem. They both depict a newborn, one being named Joy and smiling and laughing, the other being noted as a fiend. Oftentimes childbirth is presented as a beautiful thing, despite being difficult and dangerous. The Songs of Experience overall seem more interesting to me, as they’re depicting the same thing in a more realistic (in my opinion) view.

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