For introduction to William Blake and further information about this project, please click here: Part Three 1. The Lilly – Experience 2. The Blossom – Innocence 3. My Pretty Rose Tree – Experience 4. Night – Innocence 5. The Sick Rose – Experience 6. Laughing Song – Innocence 7. Ah, Sunflower – Experience 8. Spring – Innocence 9. A Poison Tree – Experience These songs involving imagery of plants, flowers, and some animals convey in their deceptively simple lines several of Blake’s major themes. In the first song the lily exposes its ‘beauty bright’ and is ready for love, unlike the modest rose, which is protected by its thorns. “The Blossom,” full of joyful images of nature such as “leaves so green”, and “happy blossom” is about two different birds – a sparrow, which is happy with life, and the robin, which is sad. Being a winter bird, it misses out on the blossoms of summer. This may represent the upper classes happy with their lot and the lower classes unhappy with life’s unfairness. There are also Freudian interpretations, with the sparrow seeking his cradle “swift as an arrow” in the “happy blossom” of the female. “My Pretty Rose Tree” uses natural imagery to tell of a faithful man, deeply in love, who rejects a beautiful woman who tries to seduce him. But when his lover hears of it, she turns away in jealousy, thus leaving all three characters alone in sorrow. All he has left of his beautiful rose are her thorns. “Night” shows an innocent

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