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Songs of Innocence and of Experience

by William Blake

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Drake, Constance M. “An Approach to Blake.” College English 29, no. 7 (April 1968): 541-47.

Offers suggestions for dealing with the difficulty of studying Blake's text in a classroom setting.

Fairchild, Jr., B. H. “Songs of Innocence and Experience: The Blakean Vision of George Lucas.” Literature/Film Quarterly 7 (1979): 112-19.

Suggests that there are important connections between Blake's Songs and Lucas's film American Graffiti.

George, Diana Hume. “Experience: The Family Romance.” In William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience, edited by Harold Bloom, pp. 73-84. New York: Chelsea House, 1987.

Examination of the repressive nature of the relationship between children and parental figures in the Experience section of Blake's Songs.

Heffernan, James A. W. “Text and Design in Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience.” In Imagination on a Long Rein, edited by Joachim Möller, pp. 94-109. Marburg, Germany: Jonas Verlag, 1988.

Contends that few critics adequately take into account the pictorial context of Blake's Songs.

Jackson, Wallace. “The Grounding of the Songs.” In Approaches to Teaching Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience, edited by Robert F. Gleckner and Mark L. Greenberg, pp. 109-14. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1989.

Discussion of the Songs within the historical context of eighteenth-century literature rather than as part of the Romantic tradition.

Leader, Zachary. Reading Blake's Songs. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981, 259 p.

Critical discussion of the Songs that examines the relationship between Blake's poems and the accompanying illustrations.

Williams, Jr., Porter. “The Influence of Mrs. Barbauld's Hymns in Prose for Children upon Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience.” In A Fair Day in the Affections: Literary Essays in Honor of Robert B. White, Jr., edited by Jack D. Durant and M. Thomas Hester, pp. 131-46. Raleigh, N.C.: Winston Press, 1980.

Exploration of Barbauld's works for children as an important influence on Blake in the composition of the Songs.

Additional coverage of Blake's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Vol. 47; British Writers, Vol. 3; British Writers Retrospective Supplement, Vol. 1; Children's Literature Review, Vol. 52; Concise Dictionary of British Literary Biography, 1789-1832; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 93 and 163; DISCovering Authors; DISCovering Authors 3.0; DISCovering Authors: British; DISCovering Authors: Canadian Edition; DISCovering Authors Modules: Most-studied Authors and Poets; Exploring Poetry; Literary Movements for Students, Vol. 1; Literature and Its Times Supplement, Ed. 1; Literature Resource Center; Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults, Eds. 1 and 2; Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Vols. 13, 37, 57, and 127; Poetry Criticism, Vol. 12; Poetry for Students, Vols. 2 and 12; Poets: American and British; Something About the Author, Vol. 30; Twayne's English Authors; World Literature and Its Times, Ed. 3; World Literature Criticism; World Poets; and Writers for Children.

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