William Blake Hated Tyranny And Celebrated Liberty. Focusing On

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William Blake hated tyranny and celebrated liberty. Focusing on
several poems from Songs of Innocence and Experience discuss to what
extent this is evident.

William Blake, author and illustrator of the 18th and 19th century had
non-conformist emotions, which are represented in his poems from Songs
of Innocence and Experience. Throughout his life he was a visionary
and a radical, these two aspects of his magnificent genius can be seen
as an independent idealism, as is believed today, or, as his
contemporaries thought, a crazy man, born into the real world. These
characteristics of this man may have been shaped by his upbringing,
religion or due to the social and political changes that England was
undergoing at the time. William Blake detested the tyranny in society,
especially religious leaders who, as he felt, were corrupting the
church. He felt that establishments and contemporary fashions under
certain rules represented all the evils God illustrates for us not to
set up.

William Blake felt strongly and spoke freely of love. Some stories
even say that he used to sit out in his garden naked with his wife. It
was his undying love of his wife, which influenced him to write "The
Sick Rose". The poem illustrates the power and evil of corruption as
'The invisible worm', which is invading the natural world of love (the
"Rose") like a maggot getting into an apple, no one can see it
happening until it is too late. The alliteration on the last linein
"The Sick Rose", "Does they life destroy" accentuates and emphasises
the problem that the world is faced with. In his poems, Blake
heightens his attention to the corruption of the natural world:
natural versus unnatural - a device that Blake uses to good effect in
his presentation of evil versus good.

Blake felt that the establishment of his time destroys love and
goodness, but they also destroy nature by taking over the country side
and destroying it, as in the poem "London"; "Thy life Thames' waters
flow" this strongly portrays a picture of England's natural imagery,
which has also been corrupted by society. Not only does Blake feel
that establishment corrupted love, "The Sick Rose" but it has also
engulfed the natural and beautiful world as in the poem "London", "In
every voice, in every ban, the mind-forged manacles I hear" in Blake's
mind these 'manacles' represented institution which control's people's
thoughts and minds, they are symbolic of how contemporary life
shackles the mind and Blake infers how people have become enslaved by
their own creation of society and institutionalism. Within the poem
"London" wandering is a term used to show the way in which modern day
man has lost all sense of identity and real being. Here, Blake
describes himself in a city, London, which was commonly known as the
center of the empire. For Blake, London is the center of England's
problems and it acts to fuel Blake's hatred towards tyranny - the home
of the monarchy, the...

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