How does "Nurse's Song" compare to "Echoing Green" from earlier in the Songs of Innocence collection?
This poem connects to "The Echoing Green" from earlier in the collection by telling the same story in the pastoral context, but from an adult's perspective, rather than the children's. As in other poems in Songs of Innocence the pastoral setting shows the happy harmony between humans and the natural environment. In addition, hearkening back to the other poems in Songs of Innocence that examine parental care, this poem discusses one perspective on parental authority, with the nurse representing a benevolent caretaker. The nurse...
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