The Ten Plagues

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Katie Layman Mrs. Laine Comp 2 December 12, 2008 Innocence versus Experience Even though many things can affect what people believe, William Blake expresses his religious views through the innocence of childhood leading to the experience of sin. Blake’s writing has frown in interest in the 19th century, but the 20th century has put his works in the spotlight. Blake is known for his renowned books: Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, among many of his other works such as The Four Zoas. In Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience the main theme of the poems is Blake’s belief that children lose their “innocence” as they are introduced to the ways of the cruel world. The poems represent how children are born innocent, but as they grow older and are influenced by the evil in the world they become more experienced, and even become bitter toward it. Through all of Blake’s works, his religious views are always present in some way or another. Even in Blake’s “illuminated printing”, he shows the unique beauty of his words alongside illustrations of his poems. Blake’s works portray beauty and the non obscurities of the world. W.B. Yeats certified in his criticism that Blake “announced the religion of art” and “understood it more perfectly than the thousands of subtle spirits who have received its baptism in the world about us”. It also becomes apparent in the reading that he was a symbolist that invented his own mythology because he did not want to conform to someone else’s. In Leopold Damrosch’s criticism of William Blake, he argues that the two most compelling reasons to read Blake’s works are for “his exploration of the possibilities and limits of the symbol, and his passionate demand for moral commitment”. Throughout Williams Blake’s life, he had many events that led him to write, as well as many events that are reflected in his writing. William Blake was born on November 28, 1757, in London as the second born son to a hosier and a haberdasher. At a very...
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