Comment on Blake's attitude towards Christianity and the British society of his time?Answer in detail.

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Concerning Blake's attitudes toward Christianity and British society, one can't really answer a question this broad in detail in this forum.  In fact, the topic is too broad for anything other than a lengthy essay.  Blake wrote extensively and his attitudes on many things are extremely intricate and complex. 

If you narrow the topic down, one can see some valuable details of Blake's attitudes in, say, a few poems in Blake's Songs of Experience

For instance, in "The Poison Tree," Christian forbearance is responsible for the festering and growth of hatred and enmity.  Handling conflict immediately ends the conflict, while "turning the other cheek," a traditional New Testament suggestion, leads to festering and growth of hatred and enmity.

In "London," the institution of marriage is attacked.  In "The Chimney Sweeper," the church and society exploit children then use propaganda to explain the abuse away and justify it. 

In short, if you study even just this one collection of Blake's poetry, you'll find ample revelations of Blake's attitudes toward Christianity and British society.  That should be easy work for a graduate student with plenty of resources available, such as your library's databases.  In other words, I've provided you with a place to start and a means to fulfill your assignment, but the "detail" is up to you. 

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Songs of Innocence and of Experience

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