What are Blake and Wordsworth saying about a child's point of view versus an adult's? How might the artistic, political, and social trends of the time period influence the beliefs of these two writers?  To what extent do you agree or disagree with their ideas?

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Blake and Wordsworth maintain that children have an innocence that adults have lost. Wordsworth famously wrote that the "child is the father of the man," meaning that because he is younger, the child is closer to the divine source. Children are born "trailing clouds of glory" from God--they are better reflections of God's goodness than adults. Blake, likewise, wrote his Songs of Innocence from a child's point of view, believing the child has a purity and clarity of vision that gradually is lost through interactions with a corrupt society.

In the 17th century, people widely believed that children were born with a capacity for evil that had to be eradicated. They needed to be trained so as to quash their natural tendencies to selfishness and...

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