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ENG 2320 William Blake

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British Literature 1785 +
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An overview and discussion of literature by William Blake
British Literature 1785 +
Susan Tilka
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Date Created: 09/03/15
Works by William Blake 0 Blake was not a Romantic but he was proRomantic 0 Not against rationalism but thinks there s more to life than being reasonable 0 Wrote poems from the point of view of a child 0 Thought children were a good subject for art since they were close to nature and full of goodness 0 Obsessed with the human mind as separate from body understood what we know to be psychology but was ahead of his time o Intellectuals are usually 4050 years ahead of others creates a culture gap 0 Believed in autonomy had a sense of self I Understand self writes poems for the audience 0 Freud takes Blake s ideas and turns it into medical science 0 Reintegrate the mind with imagination imagine yourself happy healthy whole 0 Use imagination to have sympathy imagine others suffering sympathy becomes empathy 0 Root cause of all problems in England lack of imagination I Men s passivity and depression 0 Believes he s a prophetic voice 0 People gather information through the five senses 0 World War II England fought to defend their value art singing painting 0 Purifying violence everything needs to be destroyed before it can be made whole again 0 Supported the French Revolution Introduction 0 Music can make you cry happy art can do the same 0 Art is for everyone depicted when he says quotall may read 0 Values of a democracy The Lamb 0 Child asks philosophical question where does everything come from o In childlike manner the child makes up his own answer 0 Blake sees everything as symbolic 0 Jesus referred to as the lamb of God 0 Child is talking to a lamb symbol ofJesus and identifies with him 0 Children and animals are innocent they absorb things through their senses Little Black Boy 0 England is rich from slave trading the New World needed a work force 0 Slavery becomes a political question 0 Under the surface of society there is agitation about the government 0 Poem is sweet on the surface but political underneath 0 Little boy is remembering his mother in Africa 0 Nostalgia remembering the past Romantic view 0 Boy wants to be loved o In reality the boy is dead in heaven and still a slave o quotin god s tent o Antislavery movement 0 Poem is a hit on Christianity 0 Slaves taught they re white on the inside given the promise of heaven and freedom after death 0 Church is encouraging racism didn t do anything to stop slavery Chimney Sweeper 0 During Industrial Revolution children worked in factories and mines 0 Biggest abusers chimney sweepers o Sweepers were gangs of boys usually orphans sold by parents etc o Carried brooms were filthy 0 Run by adults who took their money 0 Consisted of little boys no older than 12 who were easier to get into chimneys 0 Boys would be hung on ropes and sent down the chimney 0 Would die from suffocation fall or get stuck and unable to get pulled up 0 Character Tom has a dream that his crew is in coffins 0 Angel comes and releases them 0 Boys are able to do what little boys are supposed to do play be close to nature 0 Message of Christianity God is there for you 0 Angel gives Tom hope Christian hope of release 0 Government message 0 Do your duty and follow the rules no harm will come to you everything will be fine Adult jobs are too dangerous for children 0 Child advocacy is a new perspective Sick Rose 0 Red rose is symbol of women and love 0 Roses become sick with infected with worms 0 Symbolic in poem 0 Describes the destruction of selfish love and child prostitution 0 Mostly men and little girls 0 quothis dark secret love refers to syphilis of which an epidemic was occurring in England The Tyger o Counterpart to The Lamb 0 Tigers are scary mean evil freaks have to be caged in will kill us 0 What kind of god creates evil Where does evil come from 0 Has a quottwisted heart murderous 0 People die bad things happen is this the same God 0 Metaphor of God as a blacksmith creating the tiger o What did he think of his creation 0 How did things change after the Tyger was created London 0 City was burned in 17th century 0 King Charles II had city rebuilt at right angles so people wouldn t get lost 0 Made of stone so it wouldn t burn down again 0 Views the institutions of English culture 0 People are depressed not whole 0 Living in psychic disintegration 0 Separation of social class 0 Churches control marriage 0 War with Napoleon is coming 0 Child prostitutes calling for work at night their babies are born dead venereal disease 0 Sexmarriage has become a commodity o The city is exploiting the community 0 The army church and things running the city are corrupt 0 Where s the natural world 0 Government has made the citizens slaves they wear quotmanaclesquot Infant Sorrow o The world is dangerous 0 Describes the dramatic struggle of birth 0 Babies scream then give up Blake creates an image of himself of men struggling against their fathers 0 Babies are swaddled to keep them still 0 English thought moving around would break their bones 0 Blake finds the world horrifying decides to sulk Poison Tree 0 The fall of man is in their mind 0 People are spread too thin exhausted from overwork their mind is not coherent o Talked out his anger to his friend but then repressed his anger so someone gets hurts o Describes the necessity of getting your anger out o Anger warps who you are needs to be released The Clod and the Pebble o Clod of dirt can break up to rejoin the earth 0 Pebble has a hard surface 0 Purpose of the poem is to explain what love is o 2 views 0 Pebble tough love make love hell for the other person selfish o Clod love for the other person not selfish creates a heaven in the hell of the world 0 Blake expanding his audience for poetry everyone knows what love is


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