Blake’s views were that the church had a lot to do with evil and death they pretended to care about helping others, and their prayers were just an excuse for seeing to the much needed attention of society.
Although Blake had much disliking for the church it didn’t stop him from reading the Bible.
They also do not represent an affectionate God, but are associated with death.
In Blake’s ‘The Sick Rose’ he uses ‘the invisible worm’ to give an impression of evil or an uncontrollable force.
The ‘worm’ ‘flies through the night in the howling storm’.
The ‘harlot’ also carries out her amour by night in the ‘midnight streets’.
The chimneysweeper’s cry is an innocent image, as the chimney sweeps were young children forced into labour.
The newborn infants tear is representing how newborn babies were born to prostitutes.
In this essay I will examine the three poems by William Blake, taken from his anthology ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience.’ I will be looking at ‘The Tyger’, ‘London’ and ‘The Sick Rose’.
Similarities and differences will be used to compare and explore the terms and views, which Blake gives in his poems.