Songs of Experience – William Blake

“Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry? “

– William Blake

Songs of Experience – William Blake

Songs of Experience were first published in 1793. A year later they were included with the Songs of Innocence. As might be expected, the poems in Experience are different to the poems in Songs of Innocence. In the Songs of Experience we find poems that are more realistic, cynical and aware of the more pessimistic aspects of life. However, there are poems in Songs of Experience that suggest there is hope for transformation enabling a more rewarding “experience” of life.

Poems from Songs of Experience

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