1) Find two matched poems from Blake's
Songs of Innocence and Experience. (Sorry, you can't use
"The Lamb" and "The Tyger.")
Plain Text at Poet's Corner
William Blake Archive (with color plates)
2) Copy those poems into a Word document.
3) Compose one or more paragraphs in
which you discuss the ways by which these poems are both matched
and different. How does the one poem seem to be of Innocence?
How does the other seem to be of Experience?
4) Find Blake's illustrations for your
poems. Copy and paste them into your document. Compose a paragraph
in which you discuss how Blake has tried to express visually
the sense of the poems.
Black and White Plates
(Copyable: once you get the complete plate, click on the main
illustration. A new window will open with just that illustration.
Copy and paste into your document.)
Plates as Blake designed them (NOT copyable - but very cool
to look at)
These are only for reference. They may
not be exactly what Blake meant by the terms. They may only hint
at what he meant. The real meaning of Innocence and Experience
(for Blake) is in the poems and plates themselves.
1. The state, quality, or virtue of being innocent, as: a. Freedom
from sin, moral wrong, or guilt through lack of knowledge of
evil. b. Guiltlessness of a specific legal crime or offense.
c. Freedom from guile, cunning, or deceit; simplicity or artlessness.
d. Lack of worldliness or sophistication; naiveté. e.
Lack of knowledge or understanding; ignorance. f. Freedom from
1. The apprehension of an object, a thought, or an emotion through
the senses or mind.
2. a. Active participation in events or activities, leading to
the accumulation of knowledge or skill: a lesson taught by experience.
b. The knowledge or skill so derived.