To show the extent of this destruction Blake places in the Songs of Experience certain poems which give poignant contrast to poems which appear in the Songs of Innocence. Significant repetition does exist, however, between the two poems. The Nurse's Song of Innocence WHEN the voices of children are heard on the green, And laughing is heard on the hill , My heart is at rest within my breast, And everything else is still. Both poems feature adult narrators describing children at play. She asks the children to turn back home and stop playing as the sun has set and the night is damp with dew.
Like him, her consideration is appeared by leaving the youngsters alone, and they are her wellspring of enjoyment and commendation. A similar innocence characterizes the pleasure the adult nurse takes in watching her charges play. The nurse finds happiness in the sounds and glee of the children, and he or she permits them to continue playing when they request more time before having to return home. This poem paints an ideal, though Blake was well aware of the realities. Instead, she seems to resent the way the children remind her of her own youth and even to feel that the children's play is a waste of time and a form of deception. When the adult sees the stillness of dew, to him or her, the time has come to go home. In this Blake symbolises the carefree play of the imagination when it is not spoiled by senseless restrictions.
. There is no suggestion of alienation, either between children and adults or between man and nature, and even the dark certainty of nightfall is tempered by the promise of resuming play in the morning. She takes the children back home, leaving them unable to protest, to play and to enjoy. The children are laughing to show their excitement, but the nurse sits in peaceful stillness. This variation not only highlights that adults are different, maybe even incapable of embracing that same unabashed joy that children can exude, but it brings to light the concept that an adult does not need to showcase his or her happiness, in the same manner, to appreciate and share in that unabashed joy. In the two Blake poems you ask about, no significant repetition occurs within each poem itself.
Blake often deals with perceptions. Rather than taking place in a flat area, this choice of occurrence offers a physical elevation to mimic the rise of happy emotions the children are experiencing. The language is simple and accessible, though the underlying imagery is more complex. She is hostile and hence insensitive to innocence. The nurse hears and is happy, but exists in that happiness in a much calmer fashion than the children—because of the children.
She feels sorry for the lost days of infantine enthusiasm, and she feels jealous of the children. Their happiness inspires in her a feeling of peace, and their desire to prolong their own delight is one she readily indulges. Nurse's Song William Blake When voices of children are heard on the green, And laughing is heard on the hill, My heart is at rest within my breast, And everything else is still. And your winter and night in disguise. Both poems deal with the idea of the children coming home after a day of play. But in Songs of Experience the children are wrapped up in silence. But the days wasted in play is self-explanatory.
But the second speaker writes: My face turns green and pale. Then the speaker berates the children once they come home, telling them that their days are wasted in play and their nights in disguise: "in disguise" may refer to playing along or going along with society by accepting commonly held perspectives and hopes. In the Songs of Innocence the children's shout echo and the valleys and hills are alive. But in the second Nurse's Song' we hear the other side of the matter, when experience has set to work. Perspectives like that a parent should be naturally elated by playing children. Wilkinson, in his notes to Blake's poem says, 'the word has a feeling of conspiracy or shameful secrecy.
From her angle of view, life is aimless, a useless waste of time in childhood and in old age, a shame. . The second speaker finds no joy or contentment in the playing children, as the first speaker does. Perhaps the children are lying to get their way, and if this scenario were the case, it would speak to the limitless reach of children to attain something that they desire, like creating a tall-tale for the sake of playing a little longer. Night has come, and as can be expected from a rational adult, the nurse knows the practical thing to do is to end the games the children had relished in during the daytime. But the memory causes her face to turn discoloured and pale. They also approach the world with a cheerful optimism, focusing not on the impending nightfall but on the last drops of daylight that surely can be eked out of the evening.
In this "Nurse's Song," by contrast, the nurse takes no such pleasure in childhood innocence. She looks back with frustration on her childhood, and instead of feeling merry she grows pale. A Comparison between the Two Nurses: The ' Another important feature of the poem lies in the poet's choice of particular words to effect the mood of experience. The stanza finishes with a promise of later play, proving that the nurse has no intention of keeping the children from their merriment beyond the very adult mentality of bringing them indoors after dark. The poem demonstrates the idea that the same situation can be perceived in different ways. It can be inferred from that detail that a theme within the poem is that a person must push the limits, like a child, to find the most vivid happiness available.