â€œAll Religions Are Oneâ€
â€œThere Is No Natural Religionâ€
Songs of Innocence
Songs of Experience
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
â€œI wandered lonely as a cloudâ€
â€œOde: Intimations of Immortalityâ€
Samuel Taylor Coleridge-
â€œRime of the Ancient Marinerâ€
â€œDejection: An Odeâ€
â€œTo William Wordsworthâ€
Reading the introductions for Wordsworth and Coleridge, we learn that they were close friends. Considering their relationship and the sections from the textbook for the week, what connections can you draw between the works of the two poets?
Just as Wordsworth and Coleridge seem to be enacting a dialogue in their work, William Blake uses similar dialectic techniques in his poetry. In other words, when reading the work of Blake, you might have noticed something of a â€œcall/responseâ€ relationship between some poems. For example, â€œThe Lambâ€ and â€œThe Tygerâ€ are usually considered companions (connected by language/rhetoric, point of view, intention, and use of metaphor and other literary devices), as well as the poems in each section that share the title â€œThe Chimney Sweeper,â€ â€œInfant Joy,â€ and â€œInfant Sorrowâ€.
Discuss the differences between the works in Songs of Innocence and Experience. Think in terms of images. How are images of nature used? How are more industrial objects used?
Beyond the two collections (Songs of Innocence and Experience), The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is usually considered the final work of a trilogy. How might that collection connect to Songs of Innocence and Experience?
Your initial post should be at least 500 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.
Greenblatt, S. et.al. (Eds.). (2012). The Norton anthology of English literature (9th ed., Vol.2). New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.