Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Here are the poems in Songs of Innocence and of Experience

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click on a title and read the poem. Have Fun!

Songs of Innocence:
The Shepherd
The Echoing Green
The Lamb
The Little Black Boy
The Blossom
The Chimney-Sweeper
The Little Boy Lost
The Little Boy FoundLaughing Song
A Cradle Song
The Divine Image
Holy Thursday
Nurse's Song
Infant Joy
A Dream
On Another's Sorrow
Songs of Experience:
Earth's Answer
The Clod and the Pebble
Holy Thursday
The Little Girl Lost
The Little Girl Found
The Chimney-Sweeper
Nurse's Song
The Sick Rose
The Fly
The Angel
The Tyger
My Pretty Rose-Tree
Ah, Sunflower
The Lily
The Garden of Love
The Little Vagabond
The Human Abstract
Infant Sorrow
A Poison Tree
A Little Boy Lost
A Little Girl Lost
A Divine Image
A Cradle Song
The Schoolboy
To Tirzah
The Voice of the Ancient Bard


  1. We were right guys! the first "Chimney Sweeper" belongs in the song of innocence and the second in the song of experience!

  2. I really like, "A Little Black Boy", although I feel that the boy and his mother both are self-conscious about their skin color and wish to be rid of it instead of embracing it. At the same time, it seems to me that Blake makes a connection in between theology and innocence both in this poem and in "The Chimney Sweeper".

  3. I think most of the time, it is pretty easy to determine whether it's in the song of innocence or experience by the theme of the poem. Experience is usually having to do with learning a lesson. And also the tone contributes to that.

  4. The two poems in songs of innocence and of experience were "The Divine Image" and "A Divine Image". The two caught my interest because it interested me because they both basically have the same name, so I decided to check them out and compare them. "The Divine Image" is about like an innocent point of view on things in life, and "A Divine Image" talks about like someone who's been through a lot and has more experience in the world in mentioning cruelty, jealousy, terror, and secrecy. But that's just my opinion.

  5. I like how are the songs of innocence are really cheerful. What I noticed most is that the song of innocent represent God, and the light just like the first poem of William Blake's "Chimney Sweeper." I also agree with Ivy, that it's easy to determine songs of innocence and songs of experience. To me the songs of innocence represent positive thoughts, and the light, like said before. Songs of experience to me are more of a narration of something that happening or did happen. It's almost like experience songs are telling a story within a poem.

  6. I chose to read 'Night.' I really enjoyed this poem. It seems like a fable or fairy tale we would tell young children, as in the end, the lion has a voice, and the angels mentioned throughout the poem are presented as the guardians in the night. I think this is why it is a poem of innocence; the lion is defeated, and angels protect us from harm in the night.
    I read 'The Lily' as the song of experience. I chose it artially because my name means 'lily' in Hebrew :X, but it was a surprisingly short poem with a lot of meaning. Mr. Blake is trying to show the lily as a better flower than the rose, which has thorns, and as more pure than a sheep. I agree with Ivy with the whole being to distinguish the poems.

  7. I agree with Susie, "Night" is a excelent choice and it really brings the idea of night in ones heart (to young children). I also would like to just point out that the angles and lions represnet a Yin and Yang theme throughout the poem!

    I agree with Ivy and Brittany, it is hard to determine innocence from expiernece! I believe most poems are both innocence and expierence themes! Its just my thought! :)