Poetry As A Vehicle Of Expression (Poetic Devices) - William Blake

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Poetry has often been considered the highest form of art because it deals with the greatest abstractions we are capable of thinking, employing the most basic form of communication and interaction, through language. In his "Songs of Innocence and Experience", Blake attempts to 'shrew the contrary states of the human soul' distanced by the restraints of sexual oppression and restrictive morality. Believing that 'what is evident to the idiot is not worth his care', Blake employs a host of rhetoric techniques in an exploration of the value and limitation of two perspectives on the world. His altered perception on the construction of love (as defined by nature and society) can be traced through the poetic patterns evident in constructing 'The Blossom' of innocence and 'The Sick Rose' of experience.

Blake fathered the art of 'Illuminated Printing' in which the visual setting of a poem aids in the construction of meaning, and contrasting visual patterns complement poetic themes.

In this way, the patterned construction of stanzas creates an impression on the reader and functions to denote the themes and issues dealt with in the poem. In 'The Sick Rose' Blake explores the idea of natural and innocent love being destroyed by the selfish and deceitful agenda of man. This stern theme is reflected in the visual construction of the poem as it appears on the page; bound by sharp corners and abrasive forms, the text is almost offensive in its uniformity. In contrast, 'The Blossom' maintains an air of symmetrical dignity. It's soft, flowing shape unbound by a strict structure lures the reader into a rhetorically repetitive arena in which love is not subjugated by the laws of convention. The contrasting nature of the poems is initially reflected through their highly patterned aesthetic...