English 30: Blake’s Romanticism

D.C.Williams (1899-1983) said that Blake was a romantic with a critical view on the world, he maintained that Blake’s Songs of Innocence were made as a view of an ideal, somewhat Utopian view whereas he used the Songs of Experience in order to show the suffering and loss posed by the nature of society and the world of his time. wikipedia: William Blake

Read several poems from Blake’s, Songs of Innocence and Experience.

In particular pay attention to the 2 poems titled, The Chimney Sweeper.

What idea(s) does Blake suggest to us about The Human Condition – In Search of Self?