Songs of Innocence
Introduction: William Blake is considered as the poet of children’s right. Most of the themes of his poets or songs are about the rights of the children. In Introduction, he has urged his audience to listen to “the voice of the Bard!” who can see past, present, and future. In contrast to the “Introduction” for Songs of Innocence, this poem introduces a more mature and polished poetic voice in the bard. This speaker’s poetry is characterized by direct revelation rather than by the shepherds’ inner melodies, and therefore holds the authority of both divinity and experience.
Development of Thought: The poet gathers motion gradually and naturally and each stanza plays an important role in this process with its individual contribution. The first stanza describes how the poet comes across the spiritual kid; the second stanza goes on to say that the child requests the poet to ‘pipe a song about a Lamb’. The poet who pipes the tune is again requested to play the music in his pipe. In the third stanza the poet is implored to sing the Lamb’s song vocally and on both occasions. At last stanza the child the child requests the poet to write the songs so that the readers are able to read and enjoy. The poet does so and creates ‘Introduction’ to an end.
William Blake’s The “Introduction” is created with four-stanzas. The rhyme scheme of each stanza is ABAAB. The rhyme is slightly more complex than the “Introduction” to Songs of Innocence, indicating the increased sophistication the reader may expect from the Songs of Experience. The first two stanzas urge the reader to hear the voice of the “Bard,” while the second two are directed at the Earth herself, calling her to return to her prior state of primordial bliss to better hear and heed the Bard/Prophet’s words. Here, Blake suggests that, Man needs to return to his imagination and awaken from his inactivity of greediness.
The Bard’s voice differs from Blake’s own in this way:when Blake “sings” in such poems as “Holy Thursday” and “London,” he recognizes the immorality of man and nature, and the inability of both to purify themselves without heavenly intervention.
Symbolism: In fact, symbolism is the practice of regarding things as naturally representing something by association or thought. Here, the child symbolizes poetic inspiration and biblically it refers to Jesus Crist. The child appears in heaven which is the address of God. Similarly, Lamb indicates Christ who is often referred to ‘as the good shepherd’ and ‘son of God’ too. More than a dreamy background, the pastoral settings in the poem carry symbolic significance. The ‘rural pen’ of the ‘hollow reed’ undoubtedly epitomizes the pastoral elements of piece. The link is made by standing ‘clear’ water- symbol of purity.
The pastoral elements: The pastoral elements that he has used in this song are- wild, Pipe, Lamb, hollow reed, rural pen, and water.
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