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Songs of Innocence and Experience

William Blake

William Blake’s volume of poetry entitled Songs of Innocence and Experience is the embodiment of his belief that innocence and experience were “the two contrary states of the human soul,” and that true innocence was impossible without experience. Songs of Innocence contains poems either written from the perspective of children or written about them. Many of the poems appearing in Songs of Innocence have a counterpart in Songs of Experience, with quite a different perspective of the world. The disastrous end of the French Revolution caused Blake to lose faith in the goodness of mankind, explaining much of the despair found in Songs of Experience. Blake also believed that children lost their innocence through exploitation and from a religious community which put dogma before mercy. He did not, however, believe that children should be kept from becoming experienced entirely. In truth, he believed that children should indeed become experienced but through their own discoveries, which is reflected in a number of these poems. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Annie Coleman)

William Blake’s volume of poetry entitled Songs of Innocence and Experience is the embodiment of his belief that innocence and experience were “the two contrary states of the human soul,” and that true innocence was impossible without experience. Songs of Innocence contains poems either written from the perspective of children or written about them. Many of the poems appearing in Songs of Innocence have a counterpart in Songs of Experience, with quite a different perspective of the world. The disastrous end of the French Revolution caused Blake to lose faith in the goodness of mankind, explaining much of the despair found in Songs of Experience. Blake also believed that children lost their innocence through exploitation and from a religious community which put dogma before mercy. He did not, however, believe that children should be kept from becoming experienced entirely. In truth, he believed that children should indeed become experienced but through their own discoveries, which is reflected in a number of these poems. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Annie Coleman)
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William Blake’s volume of poetry entitled Songs of Innocence and Experience is the embodiment of his belief that innocence and experience were “the two contrary states of the human soul,” and that true innocence was impossible without experience. Songs of Innocence contains poems either written from the perspective of children or written about them. Many of the poems appearing in Songs of Innocence have a counterpart in Songs of Experience, with quite a different perspective of the world. The disastrous end of the French Revolution caused Blake to lose faith in the goodness of mankind, explaining much of the despair found in Songs of Experience. Blake also believed that children lost their innocence through exploitation and from a religious community which put dogma before mercy. He did not, however, believe that children should be kept from becoming experienced entirely. In truth, he believed that children should indeed become experienced but through their own discoveries, which is reflected in a number of these poems. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Annie Coleman)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

1h 22m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:30


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:57


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:07


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

00:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

00:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:19


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:40


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:34


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:55


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:07


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:07


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:49


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:33


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

00:59


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

01:31


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:03


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:19


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:12


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:45


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:27


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:04


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:04


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:15


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

01:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

01:20


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:27


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

01:17