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Songs of Experience
The Songs of Experience is a poetry collection, forming the second part of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience. Many of the poems appearing in Innocence have a counterpart in 'Experience', with quite a different perspective of the world. The disastrous end of the French Revolution caused Blake to lose faith in the goodness of mankind, explaining much of the volume's sense of despair. Blake also believed that children lost their innocence through exploitation and from a religious community which put dogma before mercy.
"Songs of Experience" contains the following poems:
The Clod & the Pebble
The Little Girl Lost & The Little Girl Found
The Chimney Sweeper
The Sick Rose
My Pretty Rose Tree: Ah! Sun-flower: The Lilly
The Garden of Love
The Little Vagabond
The Human Abstract
A Poison Tree
A Little Boy Lost
A Little Girl Lost
The Voice of the Ancient Bard
Each poem is accompanied by an illuminated plate.
See: Songs of Innocence.
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