Blakes Contrary States: The Songs of Innocence and Experience as Dramatic Poems by Bill GillhamBlakes Contrary States: The Songs of Innocence and Experience as Dramatic Poems by Bill Gillham

Blakes Contrary States: The Songs of Innocence and Experience as Dramatic Poems

byBill Gillham

Paperback | February 4, 2010

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In a fresh examination of Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience, poems which often seem strangely contradictory, Dr Gillham suggests that Blake is not stating his own thoughts and feelings but presenting 'dramatic' statements; he projects himself into other points of view, thus exploring possible states of being and feeling in which spiritual energy expresses itself. Certain eighteenth-century theories of the mind are examines, explaining the mind in terms of self-interest. Blake included this view in his vision of 'Experience'. The poems suggest, and explore the possibility that such a view, while true of the mind in one state, is not true of it in another. This other state, 'Innocence', is more outgoing, more responsible and more self-aware. The two states lead to quite different moral, religious and political beliefs, though they can use the same terms in doing so. Dr Gillham shows that poems seemingly in conflict can be seen from a consistent point of view.
Title:Blakes Contrary States: The Songs of Innocence and Experience as Dramatic PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.59 inPublished:February 4, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521129869

ISBN - 13:9780521129862

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Table of Contents

Prefatory note; Introduction; 1. The poet as social critic; 2. The poet's detachment; 3. Blake's criticism of 'nature'; 4. The child and 'nature'; 5. The gulf between innocence and experience; 6. Blake's criticism of 'love'; 7. The poet as moral critic; 8. Blake's criticism of religion; Appendix: the date of composition of the Songs; Index to poems cited; General index.