Songs of Innocence and Experience
1. Discuss Blake’s use of auditory imagery in the poems, and cite one example.
2. Comment on Blake as a social critic.
3. What were (and are) the effects of Blake’s mode of publishing his poems with handcrafted colored engravings?
4. Comment on Blake’s use of the ballad form.
5. What are Blake’s favorite images of innocence, and how does he use them?
6. 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?
7. How does Blake portray nature? How does the conception of nature differ in the Songs of Innocence and the Songs of Experience?
8. Are Blake’s poems symbolic? Explain your answer.
9. How does Blake use repetition in the Songs of Innocence and Experience?
10. How does Blake portray childhood?
11. What can you discern from these poems about Blake’s views on religion?
by slowpulsegirl, September 11, 2012
By "rose" W.Blake could also mean his heart,and the worm could be some thoughts he has regarding a lover that is a temptation for him.His love for this person is secret,and he has thoughts about her when he is alone in his bed at night.The fact that from what we see this love is single sided slowly kills the speaker's heart and life.
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