William Poetry Of William Blake And William Wordsworth Essay

710 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 3 Pages
Childhood The definition of children shifts depending on the person. To some the definition is a time without any worry, to others it is a more logical definition such as the period of time between infancy and adolescence. There are many different versions of this definition, and this is seen in the poetry of William Blake and William Wordsworth. These two authors have very different views on what it means to be a child and how they are portrayed in this era. Compared to now, Children in Blake’s eyes are seen as people that need guidance and need to be taught certain lessons by their parents such as religious, moral, and ethical values. In contrast to Blake’s view, Wordsworth viewed that adults should be more like children. That sometimes children teach some of the most valuable lessons to adults. These two poets have very different views of what children are like such as their interactions with adults, their perspective on life, and their own beliefs, however, there are many similarities between the views of these famous poets. William Blake is a poet from the late 1700’s. He spent most of his time writing about the idea of childhood and religion. As a child, Blake himself was raised in a lower social class than his cohort Wordsworth. He was raised by his mother and father and had many other siblings. However, Blake’s father passed away and this left his family in financial struggle. He later on went to go and apprentice under a “fashionable engraver” named William…

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