II: Songs of Innocence and of Experience

This is a guide to William Blake’s most famous collection of poetry, The Songs of Innocence and of Experience, first published as The Songs of Innocence in 1789 to which Songs of Experience was added in 1794.

All quotations are from David V. Erdman’s The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake. Revised edition. New York, London, Toronto, Sydney and Auckland: Doubleday, 1988. Citations are indicated by the letter E followed by the page number in Erdman’s edition.


Part 1: Blake’s Illuminated Printing
Part 2: Songs of Innocence
Part 3: Songs of Experience
Part 4: Contrary States of the Soul
Selected Reading


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