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William Blake-

“All Religions Are One”

“There Is No Natural Religion”

Songs of Innocence

Songs of Experience

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

William Wordsworth-

“Lyrical Ballads”

“I wandered lonely as a cloud”

“Ode: Intimations of Immortality”

Samuel Taylor Coleridge-

“Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

“Kubla Khan”

“Dejection: An Ode”

“To William Wordsworth”

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 “call/response” relationship between some poems. For example, “The Lamb” and “The Tyger” 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 “The Chimney Sweeper,” “Infant Joy,” and “Infant Sorrow”.

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. (Eds.). (2012). The Norton anthology of English literature (9th ed., Vol.2). New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

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