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William Blake

What is a summary of the poem "The School Boy" by William Blake?

The speaker describes his love of summer mornings: waking up to hear the birds singing and the distant horn of the huntsman. However, to have to go to school on a summer morning turns what should...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2019 11:44 am UTC

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William Blake

What are some metaphors in the poem "The School Boy" by William Blake?

"The Schoolboy" is about more than a child simply wishing he could be outside playing instead of at school, although this is part of the poem's meaning. The poet compares the children to caged...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2017 1:02 pm UTC

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William Blake

What is the tone of "The Tyger"?

Tone is the author's attitude toward the subject of the work that comes through in the word choice, syntax, and structure of the piece. Tone is not always consistent within a given literary work....

Latest answer posted July 6, 2019 3:21 am UTC

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How was William Blake an originator of the Romantic movement in English poetry?

Much of Blake's poetry, particularly his collection of Songs of Innocence, published in 1789 is emblematic of the Romantic poets. Many of the poems, like "The Lamb" or "The Chimney Sweeper"...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2012 1:10 am UTC

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Discuss the symbolism William Blake used in his poems "The Lamb" and "The Tyger."

The lamb and tiger are symbolic of the state of man before and after the fall from grace in the garden of Eden, or perhaps the lamb is more representative of a kind of purity of spirit or...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2020 2:04 pm UTC

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What is detailed summary of the poem "Infant Joy" by William Blake?

The poem "Infant Joy" is a celebration of a new life. In the first stanza, the newborn baby, two days old, asserts that he or she is happy. Although she doesn't have an official name yet, her name...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2017 4:27 am UTC

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What is a critical appreciation of the poem "The Echoing Green"?

"The Echoing Green" is from William Blake's 1789 collection of poems called Songs of Innocence. The poem is Romantic in its simple diction, celebration of the simple lives lived close to the...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2019 10:37 pm UTC

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What were William Blake's political views?

William Blake's political views, much like his religious views, were outside of the traditional mold. He championed change and revolution. He lived during the French Revolution of the 1790s, which...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2018 1:54 am UTC

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Comment on the use of symbolism in the poem "To The Evening Star."

In his poem "To the Evening Star," the speaker is addressing a personified evening star as "thou fair-hair'd angel of the evening." The personified star, then, symbolizes a protective presence,...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2018 3:05 pm UTC

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How did the Industrial Revolution affect William Blake's poetry? Here is what I have so far: Blake and Wordsworth...

You are off to a good start here in thinking about the relationship between Blake and nature. As with the other Romantics, Blake had a deep love of Nature and was strongly opposed to the Industrial...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2017 1:19 pm UTC

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What's the analysis of the poem "The Sick Rose" by Blake?

In his fascinating book Psychological Types, psychoanalyst C. G. Jung refers to William Blake's assertion that human beings can be divided into two categories. Jung quotes from Blake's "The...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2014 11:59 am UTC

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Can we call "The Tyger" a romantic poem?

It is worthy of note that the third principal poet of the earliest phase of the Romantic movement in England was William Blake. Certainly, then, Blake's poem entitled "The Tyger" can be considered...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2017 6:50 pm UTC

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What is the main idea of “The Chimney Sweeper” poems by William Blake?

William Blake wrote two poems entitled "The Chimney Sweeper." The first, a six-stanza poem with a dactylic rhythm, is included in Songs of Innocence. The second, a three-stanza poem in...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2017 3:33 am UTC

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What is the main philosophy of William Blake? Especially when we are talking of his perception of life and his style...

Like the other poets of the Romantic period, Blake arguably does not express what we can identify as a systematic philosophy. But in some ways, he appears to be more "philosophical" in the ideas he...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019 4:00 am UTC

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Please make comparisons between William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience with reference to the...

In The Songs of Innocence and Experience, the poems in each of the two halves tend to contrast and complement one another thematically. Blake will introduce a subject in one book then complicate it...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2019 9:36 pm UTC

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Please offer a critical appreciation of William Blake's poem "The Tyger."

I appreciate (pun intended) your interest in a “critical appreciation” of William Blake’s poem “The Tyger.” Too often these days, there is such a strong stress on extracting “meaning” from a poem...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2011 2:12 pm UTC

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What three literary elements are the strongest in "The Tyger" by William Blake and why?

The literary element of William Blake's "TheTyger" that remains most with the reader is the compelling rhythm. Blake's is a wonderfully lyrical poem. This lyricism of the poem advances the idea...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2010 1:39 pm UTC

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In the poem "The Schoolboy," do you think the poet is arguing against education? Explain.

In "The Schoolboy," William Blake offers a meditation on nature, childhood, and education. From the start, the poem draws a sharp contrast between the natural world and the traditional classroom....

Latest answer posted June 19, 2019 12:42 am UTC

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In regards to William Blake's poem "The Lamb," what feelings does this poem evoke in you?   Does "The Lamb" fit this...

I have always loved this poem, with its childlike tone and Biblical language ("thee" and "dost thou"). It is truly a Song of Innocence, lyrical and beautiful. I do dissent mildly on the question of...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2009 6:27 pm UTC

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Please write a paragraph explaining what the main theme of the poem “The Little Black Boy” by William Blake is and...

The main theme of Blake's poem, one of Blake's Songs of Innocence, is that black people and white people might have different skin colors, but they are equally children of God. As the poem states:...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2019 11:29 am UTC

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Please give me a substance of the poem"The Sick Rose" written by William Blake. Also give the internal meaning of it.

"The Sick Rose" is a mere eight lines long and yet is a very famous poem. On a literal level, the poem says that a rose is sick because a flying worm, brought in by storm, has burrowed its way into...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2016 8:28 pm UTC

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What is the summary of William Blake's "Introduction" to Songs of Experience?

Since William Blake's Songs of Experience are best understood when compared to the corresponding Songs of Innocence, one should first read Introduction to Songs of Innocence before attempting a...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 2:23 am UTC

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“I a child, and thou a lamb, We are called by His name.  Little Lamb, God bless thee!” What does Blake want the...

In Blake's poem, "The Lamb," from his Songs of Innocence, the poet explores the innocence of childhood and the benevolence of God framed within a pastoral setting. The child poses rhetorical...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2019 3:34 pm UTC

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Analyze Blake's "The Lamb" with respect to diction?

Blake uses very simple diction or word choice in this poem. It is written in plain, childlike English. Most of the words are one syllable, and none are more than two syllables. Even the two...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2018 9:14 pm UTC

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What is a detailed summary of the poem "The Chimney Sweeper"?

Which one? Blake wrote a series of poems which fell under the categories of Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. Most have counterparts--The Lamb is in the Innocence category, The Tiger is...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2009 11:59 pm UTC

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Why is William Blake famous? Provide a sample of the most famous work.

Blake is famous because he was a significant poet of the Romantic era who managed to publish a number of works of poetry that are technically and thematically brilliant. In addition, what makes him...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2012 1:49 pm UTC

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William Blake

What is the literal meaning of the poem "The Divine Image" by William Blake?

I have to say that it is very hard to ever define a literal meaning of a poem unless the poem includes footnotes the author alone has included regarding the meaning. All poetry is subjective- the...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2011 6:36 am UTC

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How are William Blake and Samuel Taylor Coleridge different from each other? Using examples from their works ("A...

Both Blake and Coleridge are Romantic poets. There are, however, two strands to Romanticism. In the first, nature and the everyday world of common people are exalted, while emotions are privileged...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2019 8:26 pm UTC

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What is the affect of the worm on the rose and vice versa (the rose on the worm)? (William Blake's "The Sick Rose")

William Blake's "The Sick Rose" speaks of a rose, sick because of a worm, which is about to be destroyed. The rose, unaware of the worm, is joyous. Unfortunately, the rose is utterly unaware of the...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2013 1:20 am UTC

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What is the tone of the poem “On Another’s Sorrow”?

"On Another's Sorrow" is actually a poem with a tone shift. The speaker begins the poem with a tone that is, well, sorrowful (borrowing the importance of the title). He notes that when we care...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019 6:00 pm UTC

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Please explain the comparision between William Blake's "Holy Thursday" in his Songs of Innocence & "Holy...

To compare these two poems is to compare the angelic and the miserable. Both, of course, have to do with the service on Holy Thursday which needs a bit of explanation for most first-time readers....

Latest answer posted May 7, 2009 5:13 am UTC

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Explain how  Blakes's Proverb of Hell, "The most sublime act is to set another before you" exemplifes a Romantic...

Romantics and Goths alike had a penchant for the inevitability of fate. This being said, it also means that they tendered a huge amount of respect to the exploration of all the rules imposed by...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2010 9:14 am UTC

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What is the universal theme of Blake's "The Tyger"?

A poem about the nature of divine creation, Blake's "The Tyger" investigates the notion of creative intent and inspiration in a rather original religious context. The poem also invites us to...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2015 5:44 pm UTC

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Why does William Blake use the word "every" so often in the second stanza of "London"?

In this poem, Blake criticizes religious and governmental authority. He mentions the "Harlot's curse" in the final stanza. This refers to the spread of syphilis as a venereal disease in London at...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2016 1:06 pm UTC

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Discuss the effect of the Industrial Revolution on the poetry of William Blake and William Wordsworth.

Romantic thinkers like Blake and Wordsworth were impacted by the Industrial Revolution on a couple of levels. The ascension of the Industrial Revolution had a couple of effects that flew in the...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2011 10:23 pm UTC

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William Blake

Compare and contrast William Blake's poems "The Lamb"  and "The Tyger."

Both "The Lamb" and "The Tyger" address the image and role of God, yet they present contrasting views of the Creator. In "The Lamb," the image of God is presented in an innocent, caring manner. The...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2020 2:50 am UTC

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What is the detailed summary of "The Chimney Sweeper" from Songs of Experience by William Blake?

This poem is written in iambic tetrameter and consists of three quatrains. The rhyme scheme is AABB CDCD EFEF. The character of the poem is a chimney sweep who is crying and alone in the snow. He...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2019 10:55 pm UTC

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State and explain where the "The Chimney-Sweeper" is set?

Blake's "The Chimney Sweeper" is set in London, England in the late 1700s. It describes, from the point of view of a young, innocent chimney sweeper, the cruel life of young boys from the poorest...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2016 12:04 am UTC

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In William Blake's "The Proverbs of Hell," what do these proverbs mean? 1. "Drive your cart and your plow over the...

1. This is a reference to moving on from the past. It connects to the line before it, which reads, "In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." When you are starting out something, you...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020 10:13 pm UTC

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What is the theme of symmetry (or duality) in Blake's poem "The Tiger"?

This is of course perhaps Blake's best known poem, and it is rules by symmetry - between stanzas, between lines and within lines. The most important question to think of when approaching this poem...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2010 10:07 am UTC

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William Blake

Describe a detailed summary of the poem "The Lamb."

Blake's poem "The Lamb" has some very strong parallels to another Blake poem, "The Tyger." Both poems appear in Blake's work, "Songs of Innocence" and "Songs of Experience." "The Lamb" represents...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2009 12:49 am UTC

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Summarize "The Clod and the Pebble," by William Blake.

William Blake's "The Clod and the Pebble", one of his Songs of Experience published in 1794, is a deceptively simple three-stanza poem. In it the poet personifies a lump of clay which, though...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2013 7:34 pm UTC

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Discuss the effect of the Industrial Revolution on the poetry of William Blake and William Wordsworth. Please give...

Both Blake and Wordsworth are seen as Romantic poets, in that their poetry focuses on the power of the imagination and in particular the healing influence that nature can have on humans. This...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2012 10:29 am UTC

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Examine Blake's twin poems "The Tyger" and "The Lamb" in regards to "two aspects of God and two states of man."

Two of William Blake's poems, "The Tyger" and "The Lamb", can be described as "twin poems". The poems can be interpreted to play off each other as mirrors of each other which show different aspects...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2011 10:22 pm UTC

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Write a critical essay for "The Sick Rose" by William Blake. Use the moral criticism theory.

Assessing literary works using the theory of moral criticism involves judging them by moral principles instead of formal literary principles. This argument goes all the way back to Plato, when in...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020 3:57 pm UTC

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Consider Blake as an originator of the Romantic Movement in English Poetry.

The question you have posed is a subjective question. Therefore, the answer is subjective as well. What this means is that interpretation of anything is based solely upon a reader's or critic's...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2011 8:41 am UTC

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What is a strong image (and its figurative and literal meaning) in stanza two of "The Clod and the Pebble"?

The second stanza reads: So sung a little Clod of Clay Trodden with the cattle's feet, But a Pebble of the brook Warbled out these metres meet A 'strong' image in this instance would be 'Clod of...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2015 4:00 pm UTC

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Provide a summary and critical analysis of the poem "The Divine Image" by William Blake.

William Blake's "The Divine Image", one of the Songs of Innocence and Experience is a hymn to the attributes humanity shares with God. The poem is divided into five quatrains with the rhyme scheme...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2010 9:57 am UTC

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In Nurse's Song of Experience, by William Blake, what repetition is used and to what effect?

In the two Blake poems you ask about, no significant repetition occurs within each poem itself. Significant repetition does exist, however, between the two poems. Both poems feature adult...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2010 12:16 pm UTC

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What is the summary of the poem "The Tyger" by William Blake?     

"The Tyger describes what a frightening creature the tiger is and questions over and over what kind of god could make such an animal. In the second stanza, the poet asks what god ("immortal...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016 12:25 am UTC

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