Kurd Essay

11264 WordsFeb 15, 201346 Pages
* Main theme of the poems = Blake’s belief that children lost their ‘innocence’ as they grew older and were influenced by the ways of the world Children were born innocent Became experienced by the influence of adult beliefs and opinions Could no longer be considered innocent * Songs of Innocence: Innocent child's perspective * Songs of Experience: Perspective of a more experienced person who has become bitter towards all the evil in the world * Blake believed we: 1. Experience a protected childhood 2. Are soon corrupted by the oppressive world, (the Church, the State, and the ruling classes) * The “contrary states” within the work are often signaled by repeating and contrasting poem titles * Innocence: “Infant Joy” * Experience: “Infant Sorrow” * Innocence: “The Lamb” * Experience: “The Tyger” * six quatrains in rhymed couplets * The meter is regular and rhythmic, its hammering beat suggestive of the smithy that is the poem's central image. "The Lamb" has two stanzas, each containing five rhymed couplets. Repetition in the first and last couplet of each stanza makes these lines into a refrain, and helps to give the poem its song-like quality. The flowing l's and soft vowel sounds contribute to this effect, and also suggest the bleating of a lamb or the lisping character of a child's chant. The tiger Rhyme Scheme: AA BB CC DD AA AA EF GG FE AA Syllables per Line: 6, 6, 7, 8, 7, 7, 7, 7, 6, 6; 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 6, 6, 6, Stressed Syllables: Fixed- 2 (Accentual Meter) The lamb Rhyme Scheme: AA BB CC DD EE FF GG HH II JJ AA BB Syllables per Line: 7, 7, 7, 8; 7, 6, 7, 7; 7, 8, 8, 7, 7, 7, 7,7 ; 7, 8, 7, 8, 7, 7, 7, 8 Stressed Syllables: Fixed- 2 (Accentual Meter * Alliteration “Little Lamb” * Assonance “Dost thou know who” * Repetition “Tiger,

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