A contemporary description of the method was provided by Blakes friend, apart from the unique aesthetic effects possible, a major advantage of relief etching was that Blake could print the material himself. The high pressure engine had a power to weight ratio. Blakes father, James, was a hosier and he attended school only long enough to learn reading and writing, leaving at the age of ten, and was otherwise educated at home by his mother Catherine Blake. I will discuss their similarities and differences not in only just their writing, but also their everyday lives. Her precious infant is embracing his new life and surroundings, proclaiming to the world his arrival of only two days before. The poem consists of two stanzas, in the first stanza the little boy is lost in a bog, and afraid when God comes to him.
The poem suggests that is not always joyful and happy but can bring sorrow and pain. According to the American Heritage Dictionary… 2438 Words 10 Pages The Violation of Blake's Songs of Innocence Abstract: William Blake's Songs of Innocence contains a group of poetic works that the artist conceptualized as entering into a dialogue with each other and with the works in his companion work, Songs of Experience. Scholars agree that The Blossom is the 11th object in the order of the printings of the Songs of Innocence 8. It can even bring them a storm of destruction. The positive personal experience that the newborn expresses is a result of its innocence being intact due to the lack of interaction it has had with the real world. This poem is powerful in the sense that it outlines the sometimes desperate, sorrowful situation facing children as they grow. William Blake was born on 28 November 1757 at 28 Broad Street in Soho and he was the third of seven children, two of whom died in infancy.
The words chosen by Blake-joy, happy, pretty, sweet, sing, and smile-exude a sense of contentment. Wicksteed suggests that the infant may be only two days past conception rather than birth, thus making the joy the joy of generation 123; 124n. The poem from Songs of Experience was set to music in 1965 by Benjamin Britten as part of his song cycle Songs and Proverbs of William Blake. The newborn in the poem is encouraged to use its own imagination when naming itself. In modern times, however, much understanding of the poem has developed. In this poem the parents seem depressed by this unwanted birth, and this may be reflecting on the child itself.
The last stanza depicts the little ones being weary when the sun has descended, the poem is the contrast of innocence and experience, but also the contrast between perception of joys and sorrows. This aside, Basires style of line-engraving was of a kind held at the time to be old-fashioned compared to the flashier stipple or mezzotint styles. According to the American Heritage Dictionary innocence is defined as uncorrupted by evil, malice, without wrongdoing, sinless, and not experienced. Scholars agree that The Little Boy Found is the 14th object in the order of the printings of the Songs of Innocence 11. The infants imagination is encouraged because it has the opportunity to see the best aspects of the world due to its lack of experience.
But once the child matures, it will find a life devoid of any joy or pleasure, such as working in the factories with no security. His imagination definitely stayed with him as he grew up and wrote Songs of Innocence. The acid would then be poured off, leaving the design incised on the plate, the engraver would then engrave the plates entire surface with a web of crosshatched lines, before pouring the ink onto the plate and transferring it to the printing press. Blake utilizes this as a symbol of temporary security. A Comparison of Extant copies of the prints of The Echoing Green available from the William Blake Archive 5. He may no longer depend on his parents as a shield from the world Both poems show an extreme amount of opposition.
An idea from the literature that you can compare. The father also weeps for the same reason, he knows that the child is no longer in the safety of the womb, but now is in the world to face many trials and tribulations. Since then industrialisation has spread throughout much of the world, the precise start and end of the Industrial Revolution is still debated among historians, as is the pace of economic and social changes. My three points would be the newborn representing the 'id' personality in Freud's structural model; swaddling bands representing the constraint of the baby's society and also how since Christianity influenced Blake, the father-figure could be God and his swaddling bands are his predetermined plan for the child; my last point would be the fact that the newborn is a fiend hidden in a cloud and that means that we are all born with sin we are tainted rather than innocent and that is due to Blake's again influence from religion. The first, as the name implies, is about innocence and joys of childhood. Works cited Bender, John and Anne Mellor. This poem is full of images of life, such as the leaves so green.
Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a figure in the history of the poetry. Items in this digital edition may be shared in accordance with the Fair Use provisions of U. The newborn names itself Joy, because that is all it knows. Artists like James Barry and John Hamilton Mortimer were the exceptions to the norm insofar as they tended to engrave their own material, etching was also commonly used for layering in such aspects as landscape and background. New York Public Library Bulletin 61, November 1957, 534-35, Blake set to music - a bibliography of musical settings of the poems and prose of William Blake.
This is a good example of individualism. The poem is typical of Blakes hatred of authority and the constrains which the majority of the population living under the church, state and ruling classes are faced with. Comparative Analysis of Infant Joy and Infant Sorrow William Blake's Infant Joy from the Songs of Innocence and Infant Sorrow from the Songs of Experience are in direct contrast from one another. The mother asks the child what she should name the newborn child. The newborns nature is not determined by reason or religion, but rather through personal experience which is essential in the Romantics.