William Blake

The Blake slideshow I have created for you shows several of these plates from one of Blake’s most famous collections of poems, Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Songs of Innocence was first published by itself in 1789. Songs of Experience has only been published in conjunction with Songs of Innocence, first in 1794.

As implied by the titles (as well as Blake’s subtitle: “shewing the two contrary states of the human soul”) the poems from each half of this collection are meant to be juxtaposed. Some of the plates and poems below demonstrate the parallels between the Innocence and Experience poems.