Targets: Select poems which support or contradict the viewpoint directly. Targets: Aim to remain focused and concise in your answer throughout the essay. Thoughts: For this task I created a slightly more detailed plan before completing the essay. I think that I have improved greatly to reach my benchmark on this task. In Songs of Innocence and Experience, ‘The countryside is a place where children can play safely’ consider the ways in which Blake presents the relationship between the countryside and children in light of this comment.
In Songs of Innocence and Experience, Blake portrays the countryside as being significant within childhood. The countryside is the land and scenery of a rural area. A rural area is the land which lies outside of cities and towns. Rural areas signify freedom and lack of restriction due to the lack of industrialisation. Blakes’ connection between childhood and the countryside signifies the portrayal of childhood as being the time of freedom and play. Playing safely refers to having the ability to be secure from liability to harm, injury and danger. Blake portrays the countryside as being free from jurisdiction and maintaining an element of purity, complimentary to the innocence that children maintain. However, not all poems portray the countryside and childhood as being picturesque. This is illustrated in poems such as ‘Little Boy Found’ and ‘The Nurses Song.’
In the Innocence poem ‘Laughing Song’, childhood is portrayed as a pleasant experience and children are portrayed as being in harmony with nature. The poem maintains a jaunty rhythm, maintaining an ABAA rhyme scheme. This reflects the upbeat positivity often representative of children. The title of the poem ‘Laughing Song’ has positive connotations of joy, happiness and an element of freedom and liberty often associated with children. The element of ‘song’ is also reflected throughout the poem through the rhythmic and melodic structure. Blake uses the literary technique...
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