Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, Paperback

Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience Paperback

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3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780486270517


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Blake wrote some good poems, but I didn't particularly like most of them.

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First of all, I would like to state in my defense that I picked up this slim volume days before I started freaking out about getting to 50 books by any means necessary. Ever since I catalogued my poetry shelf, I've been making an effort to get more of it read. Plus, in the story currently in my head, I'm a teacher, leading a unit on poetry. And apparently now I'm doing research for the stories I tell myself on long walks and as I fall asleep.<br/><br/>Yes? Well, okay. I don't know exactly what I was expecting when I first picked this up, but it certainly wasn't the poems I found in <i>Songs of Innocence</i>. This first volume is so excessively sweet, devoid of any hint of adult cynicism, that I felt a bit unmoored, and it actually took me days to work my way through them. It wasn't until I made it into <i>Songs of Experience</i> and heard the call and response between volumes that everything fell into place. Each side is illuminated and brought into relief by the other.<br/><br/>This volume contains what must surely be one of the most famous poems in the English language -- "The Tyger," which somehow I think I had never previously read in its entirety, though certainly I have seen its opening lines quoted often enough. Myself, I prefer "the Little Vagabond."<br/><br/>Worth its reputation after all, I'd have to say.