Songs of Innocence and Experience


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William Blake’s volume of poetry entitled Songs of Innocence and Experience is the embodiment of his belief that innocence and experience were “the two contrary states of the human soul,” and that true innocence was impossible without experience. Songs of Innocence contains poems either written from the perspective of children or written about them. Many of the poems appearing in Songs of Innocence have a counterpart in Songs of Experience, with quite a different perspective of the world.

The disastrous end of the French Revolution caused Blake to lose faith in the goodness of mankind, explaining much of the despair found in Songs of Experience. Blake also believed that children lost their innocence through exploitation and from a religious community which put dogma before mercy. He did not, however, believe that children should be kept from becoming experienced entirely. In truth, he believed that children should indeed become experienced but through their own discoveries, which is reflected in a number of these poems.
(Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Annie Coleman) (1 hr 21 min)

Chapters

Introduction (Innocence) 1:29 Read by Annie Coleman Rothenberg
Shepherd, The (Innocence) 0:59 Read by Annie Coleman Rothenberg
Echoing Green, The (Innocence) 1:34 Read by Annie Coleman Rothenberg
Lamb, The (Innocence) 1:27 Read by Annie Coleman Rothenberg
Little Black Boy, The (Innocence) 2:56 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Blossom, The (Innocence) 1:06 Read by Chip
Chimney-Sweeper, The (Innocence) 2:43 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Little Boy Lost, The (Innocence) 0:52 Read by Marian Brown
Little Boy Found, The (Innocence) 0:50 Read by Marian Brown
Laughing Song (Innocence) 1:09 Read by Marian Brown
Cradle Song, A (Innocence) 2:18 Read by Chip
Divine Image, The (Innocence) 1:40 Read by Chip
Holy Thursday (Innocence) 2:10 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Night (Innocence) 2:52 Read by Chip
Spring (Innocence) 1:22 Read by Chip
Nurse’s Song (Innocence) 1:39 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Infant Joy (Innocence) 1:08 Read by Chip
Dream, A (Innocence) 1:37 Read by Chip
On Another’s Sorrow (Innocence) 2:32 Read by Chip
Introduction (Experience) 1:33 Read by Chip
Earth’s Answer (Experience) 1:54 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Clod and the Pebble, The (Experience) 1:36 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Holy Thursday (Experience) 1:54 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Little Girl Lost, The (Experience) 3:06 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Little Girl Found, The (Experience) 3:06 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Chimney-Sweeper, The (Experience) 1:48 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Nurse’s Song (Experience) 1:32 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Sick Rose, The (Experience) 0:58 Read by Chip
Fly, The (Experience) 1:30 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Angel, The (Experience) 1:38 Read by Chip
Tiger, The (Experience) 2:37 Read by Gord Mackenzie
My Pretty Rose Tree (Experience) 1:02 Read by Annie Coleman Rothenberg
Ah, Sunflower (Experience) 1:18 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Lily, The (Experience) 1:11 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Garden of Love, The (Experience) 1:44 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Little Vagabond, The (Experience) 1:49 Read by Chip
London (Experience) 2:02 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Human Abstract, The (Experience) 2:26 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Infant Sorrow (Experience) 1:27 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Poison Tree, A (Experience) 2:03 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Little Boy Lost, A (Experience) 2:03 Read by Chip
Little Girl Lost, A (Experience) 2:14 Read by Chip
Divine Image, A (Experience) 1:00 Read by Gord Mackenzie
Cradle Song, A (Experience) 1:19 Read by Annie Coleman Rothenberg
Schoolboy, The (Experience) 1:59 Read by Annie Coleman Rothenberg
To Tirzah (Experience) 1:26 Read by Annie Coleman Rothenberg
Voice of the Ancient Bard, The (Experience) 1:16 Read by Annie Coleman Rothenberg

Reviews

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(5 stars)

I always love listening annie, I hope she is as beautiful as her voice is. I thank you annie Coleman.


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