Vision of William Blake

NEERAJ BHATT By NEERAJ BHATT, 30th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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William Blake(1757-1827) imagines in his own way.His poems are sketches of humanity on a broader scale.

Vision of William Blake

William Blake (1757-1827) described innocence and experience as "the two contrary states of human soul."He says in the Marriage of Heaven and Hell :"Without contraries there is no progression. Attraction and repulsion,reason and energy ,love and hate,are necessary to human existence." He talks of a "Prolific" force and a "Devouring " force.
The essence of Blake's theory is that in some paradoxical way, it is possible for the contraries of innocence and experience to co-exist within a human being.
William Blake grouped his poems under two major topics:-"Songs of Innocence" and "Songs of Experience."Blake was of the view that "without contraries is no progression"The two classes of songs are contrasting with a purpose in a single design.The first part of his poetry sets out an imaginative vision of the state of innocence;whereas the second part reveals how life challenges and goes on to corrupt and destroy it.
For Blake the creative imagination plays an important role in the life of a man.He is opposed to making a philosophical path on sense perceptions instead of on "vision". He believes that the good which is natural are deceived by following such systems and so get corrupted by them and thereby they cease to think for themselves.With the result, hypocrisy and selfishness creeps into the soul and the state of innocence is lost.
Blake's state of innocence is set fort in symbols of pastoral life.For him childhood is a symbol of a state of soul which may exist in maturity.Many of his poems are simple.They are exactly what they seem.His poems have bird like beauty--a beauty of simple meaning in simple words having beauty of far-fetched thoughts.
Blake is not pedantic.His purpose is to preach people in plain words in order to enlighten us about the soul of man and to make us feel the two contrary states.
"Little Lamb,who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?
Gave thee life,and bid thee feed,
By the stram and over the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing,woolly,bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice?
Little Lamb,who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?
Little Lamb,I will tell thee,
Little Lamb,I will tell thee:
He is called by thy name,For he calls Himself a Lamb.
He is meek and He is mild;
He became a little child.
I a child,and thou a lamb,
We are called by His name
Little Lamb,God bless thee!.
Little Lamb,God bless thee!."
In this poem entitled "THE LAMB" ,the little child is supposed to be speaking to the lamb--gives a brief description of the little animal as he sees it.The lamb has been blessed with life.It has been endowed with bright and soft wool which serves as its clothing.It has a tender voice which fills the valley with joy.We have a true picture of a lamb.
In the fifteenth line,there is an identification of the lamb,Christ,and the child.Christ has another name, that is,Lamb because Christ is meek and mild like a lamb.Christ was also a child when he first appeared on this earth as the son of God.The child in this poem speaks to the lamb,as if the lamb were another child and could respond to what is being said.The child shows deep joy in the company of the lamb who is just like him--meek and mild.The poem communicates the spirit of childhood-the purity,the innocence,and the tender feelings of childhood and the affection that a child feels for little creatures.
"Tiger!Tiger!burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?"
Was it Christ ,asks William Blake ,who created the tiger.Christ is symbolised by both the lamb and the tiger.Balance is achieved between the meekness of one and the wrath of the other.It is up to man to give shape to the vast power with which God has endowed man.


Christ, Experience, Heaven, Hell, Innocence, Lamb, Meek, Mild, Neeraj Bhatt, Songs, Tiger

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Oct 2013 (#)

Thought provoking analysis, Neeraj - siva

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
14th Oct 2013 (#)

O Lamb of God,
Who washeth away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on Me.
O Lamb of God,
Who washesth away the wins of the world,
Grant us thy peace.

When the Angel of Death was passing over the land of Egypt, it was the blood of the lamb smeared on the home that held the first born son to protect them from death.
Those who didn't smear the blood of lamb just fell down and died.
It was all about letting the people of the land go back to their promised land.
Even the pharaoh lost his son for not believing and smearing the blood on the door, this is what got them their freedom.

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author avatar M G Singh
14th Oct 2013 (#)

Where have you been all these months? Really missed you. Wonderful to read your post. I like the poetry of Blake

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author avatar NEERAJ BHATT
16th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks,Madan G Singh,because of my wife's illness I missed you.

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