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analysis of - laughing song

analysis of - laughing song

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is probably true that many or most of these songs were actually performed as songs byBlake, to tunes he composed. But some are more obviously designed for song thanothers.The Laughing Song is perhaps an attempt to incorporate into verse a feeling of unrestrained exuberance ("Exuberance is Beauty," remember!) or (in Blakean terms)Energy; A Cradle Song is a lullaby and a meditation on Christ as child; The DivineImage is a prayer; Infant Joy a dramatic dialogue between parent and two-day-oldchild, an attempt to dramatise the feelings that exist before words can lend their shapes (and distortions, perhaps?) to experience, and it ends in an expression of goodwishes, rather like the kind of thing you might put into a card given to celebrate a new birth; On Another’s Sorrow is an uncompromising attestation of Christian faith.So, in the non-narrative poems, religion and purity of feeling dominate, and, of course, these sorts of ideas also dominate the narratives to a very large extent.The forms have been chosen, as I see it, to enable Blake to create a wide palette of innocent voices, voices laughing unselfconsciously, declaring simplistic ideas of duty,celebrating nature, experiencing complete religious certainty, telling stories which allhave happy endings – moralistic stories, attesting to God’s control and merciful purposes perhaps – and, by doing so, to let his audience hear – and enjoy – the purityand power of that Innocence which (perhaps) we all secretly cherish within our hearts,however much Experience may batter us later in our lives.Variation in form is a major tool Blake uses to keep us fresh and responsive as wework through the Songs of Innocence.
STRUCTURE
Variation of structure is another such tool.Most of the poems in the Songs of Innocence as a whole (15 out of the 22 songs:Introduction, The Shepherd, The Little Black Boy, The Chimney Sweeper, The LittleBoy Lost, The Little Boy Found, The Little Girl Lost, The Little Girl Found,Laughing Song, A Cradle Song, The Divine Image, Holy Thursday, Nurse’s Song, ADream and On Another’s Sorrow) are based around a stanza of four lines.Some of these, however, use an ABAB rhyme scheme, some an ABCB rhymescheme.
LANGUAGE
Most of the language is understandably simple, some of it is even simplistic. This isentirely understandable given Blake’s overarching purpose of trying to let us hear thesongs that innocence sings and to hear them ringing out as clear as a bell for our sensual and emotional enjoyment.
 
How William Blake Uses Poetry as an Instrument for Social Comment
Living in a world without modern technology and media. William Blake (1757 -1827) used his poetry as a powerful instrument for social comment. This is particularly evident in 'Laughing Song'; and 'London'; taken from The Portable Blake.The two poems present conflicting views of creation and mankind. In his innocentyears, Blake saw the world as a 'joyous meadow, natural and free. However as hegrew with experience his naive ideology was tainted with images of war anddevastation. Blake's purpose in writing these poems is to position his readers to seethe world as it lies before them, unmasked and raw. He is inviting society to take astand against the degradation of our land and our people, a timeless invitation. To doso Blake exploits the traditional poetic conventions of persona, form, language, toneand atmosphere.The persona of both 'Laughing Song and 'London'; is Blake himself. However he iswriting in two opposing states of mind. 'Laughing Song'; comes from the Songs of Innocence, a collection of celebratory poems, offering a view of the world with the'voice of joy' though perhaps through rose-coloured glasses. Blake is simply enjoyingnature, and through this is therefore praising God. In 'London'; however, the glassesare removed and Blake's images of a once 'merry scene' are lost, replaced by 'charter'dstreets'. Coming from the Songs of Experience, Blake is presenting his perceptions of a ...
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here William Blake is so happy, the world around him reflects his joy and merriment!He is full of the joy of life, his heart sings in wonder.The green woods laugh with the voice of joy, the river laughs,Here William Blake seems so happy, this is also reflected as his heart sings aboutnature around him. This reflects his merriment and laughter back to him. In the firstverse element of the earth laugh, in the second verse meadows laugh, grasshopperslaugh, Mary, Susan and Emily laugh.
Another analysis:
'Laughing Song'; consists of three, simple, four-lined stanzas. Perhaps representingsuccinct periods in Blake's childhood. Beneath the apparently simple form however,lies an intricate web of complex meanings. Although ordered, Blake's use of rhymingcouplets and longer lines stress the delight in nature and the harmony between natureand man.In 'Laughing Song';, Blake uses light and joyous terms to describe the world aroundhim. The 'green woods' provoke images of lush nature, spring and happy times.However at the same time Blake is commenting on society's attitudes by personifyingthe woods, stream and meadow.The woods and meadow 'laugh' whilst the 'dimpling' stream suggests a wide smile onthe face of a child, enjoying God's creation. The children have 'sweet round mouths'
 
representing their innocence and purity, their voices singing 'the sweet chorus' conjurean idyllic scene. However in the third verse, perhaps representing the end of Blake'schildhood he notes the 'painted birds'. An image of a man made creature, seeminglyapart of the natural world but not quite the same. This is linked with the 'table'constructed by man, 'spread' with 'cherries' taken from nature for human purposes.'Laughing Song'; has a celebratory mood, Blake is celebrating nature and the beautyof creation. He is also praising God for enabling man and creation to live in harmonyin this 'merry scene'. This is evidence of Blake's value of Christianity and Christian beliefs. Through his poem, Blake places importance on the philosophy of 'love lifewhile you can'.'
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How he uses imagery and sound:
In Songs of Innocence and of Experience, byWilliam Blake,imagery and sound are both very important. They help express ideas effectively and link the poems together.Blake uses different types of imagery, the first of which is nature imagery. In London, the‘charter’d Thames does flow’. The Thames is part of nature but in London it is describedas ‘charter’d’ showing that it has been restricted and controlled. This helps express theidea that society is so full of restrictions that it even has control over natural things,mapping them out and restricting their spontaneity. Natural imagery is also used in Nurse’s Song but to express a completely different idea.‘in the sky little birds fly, And the hills are all cover’d with sheep.’ This immediatelyconjures an image of boundless rolling hills and unrestricted freedom. This contrasts thedifference between innocence and experience as seen by Blake. Innocence is the freedomof the human spirit while experience is thehuman spiritbound by restrictions and  prohibitions. This shows Blake’s main theme shown in the full title of his poetry, Songsof InnocenceAnother major feature used by Blake is sound within which there are several differenttypes of sound features. The first is the different sound words used by Blake. In Nurse’sSong, ‘The little ones leaped & shouted & laugh’d’. The sound words ‘shouted’ and‘laughedare full of energy and convey the joy and openness of the children.Another main form of imagery used by Blake is colour imagery. In London, ‘Every blackening Church appals,’ the use of the colour black in reference to the Church is a bitof an oxymoron as black is considered the colour of the devil. In this context, the blackening of the Church isn’t literal but is the blackening of the Church’s values andreputation. The Church is seen as being hypocritical, preaching love and kindness butignoring the suffering surrounding it. The Church is one of the institutions placingrestrictions on society and its blackening shows Blake’s contempt at its falseness. Thecolour black is used very effectively in this instance to convey Blake’s view of theChurch.

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