Day 1

Songs of Innocence and of Experience Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

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    What does the text of the "Introduction" for Songs of Innocence suggest about the intended tone and audience for the rest of the poetry collection?

    The "Introduction" sets the tone for the rest of the collection. A child follows the poet asking for stories and insights about different topics, suggesting that the poet or speaker for the collection is a divinely-inspired visionary or prophet of some sort. In addition, the child tells the speaker to write a book of his songs and visions, and the speaker does so, making sure to write happy songs that will bring children joy. This suggestion shows that the poems in Songs of Innocence are intended to speak...

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