Songs of Innocence and Experience

by: William Blake

Suggested Essay Topics

Comment on Blake’s use of the ballad form.

What are Blake’s favorite images of innocence, and how does he use them?

Discuss Blake’s use of simple sentence structure and diction in these poems. What is the overall effect of this stylistic decision? What keeps the poems themselves from being simple?

How does Blake portray nature? How does the conception of nature differ in the Songs of Innocence and the Songs of Experience?

Are Blake’s poems symbolic? Explain your answer.

How does Blake use repetition in the Songs of Innocence and Experience?

How does Blake portray childhood?

What can you discern from these poems about Blake’s views on religion?


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