Friday, December 20, 2019

Industrialized Society in Romantic Poetry William Blakes...

When industrial revolution emerged from the ashes of the previous century, a new movement also emerged simultaneously. This movement as defined by one of its creators William Wordsworth was, in the preface of their collaborated work Lyrical Ballads with Samuel Coleridge, â€Å"the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity.(Wordsworth 1) Although the definition matched with the psychological and literary situation of the era, a couple romantic authors existed outside of the definition. William Blake was different and defined as pre-romantic author by scholar. (Meibauer 184) Unlike the other romantic authors, Blake did not used the theme of nature regularly. (Mcgann 738) In his†¦show more content†¦The first poem also used biblical mythology to create a hope for poor. According to angel, if Tom had been a good boy: â€Å"Hed have God for his father never want joy.†(20) But considering the environment that t hese boy lived, this line had duality. Because god would never allowed little children to suffer in bad conditions, and the church was also encouraging people about hard working and redemption that comes with it. Blake criticised the church here, and this criticism was transferred through little children. The other poem, which also had same title, was conducted both similar and different ways. The first poem’s narrator was a child labourer, but he could keep his innocence despite all negative conditions that created by an industrialized society. But second poem composed with two speaker, the first one was an adult who questioned the child â€Å"Where are thy father and mother? Say!—â€Å"(3) And the actual speaker who was a little child, also a chimney sweeper. Unlike the speaker of the first poem, the speaker of the second poem was more serious and had adult like tone. The 7th line â€Å"They clothed me in the clothes of death,† (7) used a serious word like â€Å"death† which seemed inappropriate for a child. The imagery that used by both poems were created in a similar fashion. William Blake used the colours black and white to create a distinction between negative and positive events. As generally accepted the colour white symbolizes purity and the colour black symbolizes

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