While reading the song’s of innocence I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic for my own childhood and even a little tinge of anxiety at the fleeting nature of time. Many of the poems in this series address the cyclical pattern of seasons that parallel the pattern of sunlight everyday. In Nurse’s Song, the speaker notes “well well go & play till the light fades away” which seems like a simple comment on the surface, but hints at the inherent sadness that accompanies happiness because all joy must come to an end, and exists as a passing moment instead of a state of permanence. This idea is also expressed in The Ecchoing Green that says “Till the little ones weary/ No more can be merry/ The sun does descend,/ And our sports have an end.” There is also a sense of yearning in the poems, and an ominous tone in the descriptions of innocence. In The Blossom, aspects of birth and intimate  relations are being outlined with more menacing words such as “arrow” and “sobbing.” The picture Blake uses to illustrate this poem also seems to have darker intensions, as the angles seem entangled or ensnared in an overgrown blossom’s extremities. Laughing Song seems to be an expression of enjoyment in nature, but the constant use of the word “When” to begin lines suggests that the happiness is not current, but the speaker awaits its return in the future. These poems simultaneously embody the present while acknowleding that soon the moment will be lost. The tension between Innocence and Experience governs many of the works, and often we see a child’s youth tainted by the teachings of a parent. This relates to the line in Blake’s other poem, Yah & His Two Songs Satan & Adam: “The outward ceremony is Antichrist.” The children’s mimicking of their parents’ teachings demonstrates a hollow expressions of human morals that their parents attempt to impose on them despite their lack of understanding instead of being a reflection of their maturation. Throughout this series, Blake’s poems occupy a sort of third-space, expressing the simultaneous existence of opposites and the influence they exert on people.  Instead of trying to resolve the tension, however, Blake creates an awareness of opposition and offers no solution to the reader but to accept the uncomfortable duality.

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