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A Contrast of the Usage of Language Involving the Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence and Experience

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A comparison of the usage of Language between the Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence and Experience Even though, a hundred and twenty eight decades afterwards, lying in his grave, William Blake is still one of the greatest consequences in poetry and even daily life today. Blake's work, unrecognised during his life, but today is almost universally considered that of a genius. Northrop Frye, who undertook an analysis of Blake's entire opus, 'What is in proportion to its merits the most read body of poetry in the English Language.' Blake was born into a middle class family in 1757. The bible, being among the most worshipped yet most feared artefacts in Blake's time, has been his biggest influence in his job, and was to be his main sway before the day that he died. As Blake matured into a budding poet, artist and engraver, his parents were with him every step along the way. In 1782, Blake married Catherine Boucher, a woman he honored, loved, desired and most importantly, shared a passion in his work. Blake abhorred slavery with a passion, he also believed strongly in racial and sexual equality, but also in Blake's age, both sexual and racial equality was equally as great as hopeless. ' As all men are alike tho' infinitely various.' [William Blake.] Blake believed that innocence and experience were the two other countries of the human soul, and that true innocence was hopeless without experience. The catastrophic end to the French revolution induced Blake to get rid of faith in the goodness of mankind. As spiritual as Blake was, he thought there was a kind of bad side to religion; he thought that children lost their innocence during manipulation from a religious communit...

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