Please comment on Blake’s use of the ballad form. 

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William Blake was a complex person who, due to his creative abilities was able to apply various styles to his work. He was an artist as well as one of the major Romantic poets of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

Blake is well-known for his simple style in his works Songs of Innocence and of Experience which could be read - if not understood - by a child. There is a very straightforward rhyme scheme and the poetry is lyrical in nature,almost like a nursery- rhyme or folk- ballad but open to interpretation. The simplicity needs to be understood in its context. Knowing what he said and what he actually means can be a challenge.  

eNotes can provide insight into Blake and other Romantic poets. Blake's simple use of language could also have been to be sure that the reader concentrates more on the interpretation than any complex words, after all Songs of Innocence and of Experience reveal 

 the two contrary states of the human soul.

In using a ballad form of poetry the Romantic poets were able to , as Wordsworth put it  

liberate this poetry from the shackles of so- called classical doctrine