William Blake

William Blake and William Wordsworth are two poets who embrace many themes of the Romantic tradition in their writings. Their poetry displays aspects of nature, emotion, fancy, reason and most importantly the ego. Romantic poetry is based on translating nature and seeing the world through one person, the poet. The poet writes of his or her own journey usually in the first person, also known as the heroic “I.” Blake and Wordsworth are two important poetic figures from the Romantic Era and while most of their poems reflect the themes of romanticism, they have written select poems that involve children either as a theme or as subjects. Children are not images usually connected to the elements of the romantic tradition, but both writers are able to use children to explain their journey and understanding of the world. Blake’s “The Lamb” and “The Chimney Sweeper” are two examples of poetry from his collections, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience that use the theme of children. Wordsworth uses the image of a child as both theme and subject in his poems: “The Thorn” and “We Are Seven

William Wordsworth

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