(Presentation Outline - ENG 109 - Spring 2007)
Print Version: http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/eng109/blake_print.htm
Required background reading:
& Social Reality"
Timeline, Introduction & Maps (Davis and others. 530-547)
--Introduction to "William Blake" (Davis and others 865-868)
"The road of excess leads
to the palace of wisdom."
"Without contraries there is no progression."
"I must invent my own system,
be enslaved by another man's.
In great prophetic works like Jerusalem, Blake "envisioned a world set free from its political, social, and religious fetters by the power of the imagination" (Davis et al., Bedford Anthology 212).
Innocence and Experience:
Unfallen State of
State of "Experience"
In-Class Discussion & Comparison/Contrast:
Songs of Experience
[first published 1794]:
|"The Lamb" p. 870||"The Tyger" pp. 874-875|
|"The Chimney Sweeper"pp. 871-872||"The Chimney Sweeper"p. 874|
Works Cited & Recommended Resources
Cora, ed. "William Blake." Handout,
English 109, Central Oregon Community
Damrosch, David, et al., eds. The Longman Anthology of British
Literature: Vol. B. Compact ed.
Davis, Paul, et al.,
ed. The Bedford Anthology of World Literature:The Nineteenth
Paul, and others,
ed. Western Literature in a World Context.
Vol. 2: The Enlightenment through
Companion web site for
The Bedford Anthology of
"Throughout his life,
[William Blake] experienced mystical visions
that provided him with the
inspiration for many of
his poems. Blake devised a
process he called
which involved the
preparation of drawings
and decorative frames to
complement his poems. He
published Songs of
Innocence (1789) and
Songs of Experience
(1794) in this fashion.
These books, as well as
the many subsequent works
he wrote and illustrated,
earned him a reputation as
one of the most important
artists of his day.
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