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Date Created: 02/09/15
William Blake Major Works Marriage of Heaven and Hell Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience 0 Engraver provided most of income 0 Preromantic poetry considered crazy and incomprehensible 0 Considered a visionary visions that can t be grounded in empiricism 0 Wrote a rival version of the Bible unorthodox behavior for the time and was considered a dissenter radical Protestant 0 Most radical of all the romantic writers 0 Thought of himself as a biblical prophet divinely inspired by God most of his poems inspired by visions Major Idea to keep in mind when analyzing his work If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is in nite For man has closed himself up till he sees all things through the narrow chinks of his cavern Blake The Marriage of Heaven and Hell For Blake reality is a mental construction Things only have purpose or meaning through what we give it Physical sight enslaves the mind amp one must transcend and see through it or find the real truth to reality M ind forged manacles or the narrow chinks that one creates in their mind to see through forges their perception of reality Context for Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience 0 They satirize and reveal comments on each other must read both to understand either 0 It is a mistake to only see cons to one or the other there are pros and cons to both Blake is not solely advocating for one or the other Innocence is a state of mind mental construction of reality I As a man sees so is he 0 Uncorrupted by sin or evil 0 Innocent of sin or guilt 0 Portrayed as nai39ve ignorant vulnerable I perception 0 A world of children young lovers and people who accepted the Orthodox Bible simple profound innocence Imagination Romantics argue everyone uses imagination because imagination is your perception Everyone is always half creating half seeing Wordsworth Reality and perception vs imagination Pastoral Poetry Shakespeare s green world ideal 0 IDYLLIC idealized utopia 0 Allusions of Eden 0 Idea of life before the prelapsarian fall from Eden man s fall from grace O God speaks to the Romantics as if to a lover because lovers are innocent How Romantics view the world 0 A world of pity peace and love Blake 0 Man is half creating what we perceive Wordsworth Vs How the Neoclassics view the world 0 See what they are taught to see 0 They have imagination yes everyone has imagination but they have a narrow imagination because they can only see through the mind forged manacles society and organized religion have taught them to see through
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