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Volume 1 Issue 5

October 2014

Wisdom through Journey of Contraries: An Analysis of Innocence and Experience in William Blake’s Songs
Dr. S. Alexander, 
Associate Professor, 
Department of English, 
Government Arts College, 
Karur, Tamil Nadu, India

Mr. P. Parthiban, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Government Arts College, 
Karur, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
Blake is a poet who is aware of the contraries manifested in life. These contraries are highlighted in his Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. There is a strain of both innocence and experience in each of the works. The two co-exist as well as complement one another. This paper shows the instances of experience in Songs of Innocence and Experience. The meaning of innocence is not realized without the presence of experience and vice versa. Blake’s illustrations of his poems also throw light on the lurking world of experience.
Keywords
Wisdom; Journey of Contraries; Songs of Innocence and Experience; William Blake.
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