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Songs of Innocence and of Experience is an enlightening piece of literature. Blake is a visionary well ahead of his times in his opinions on sexism, racism, individualism, religion, free love, sexuality, equality, unity etc etc. Blake was inspired by the old testement and christianity but his views were so radical and controversial that he was ostriced by the christians of his time. Songs of innocence and of experience reflects this in many of its poems (songs). Have you ever read the tyger? (tiger tiger burning bright...) or the lamb (little lamb who made thee...) or heard the hymn jerusalem? all blake. all in this book. so buy it and look deeper into what he actually meant - he was a very cryptic man and although his songs had their lullaby appeal they also had something very deep and very serious to say. if you've ever wondered about the progression of man from a basic animal with simple needs to the complicated creature living in a metropolitan world abiding by rules, working for the rat race, then you'll identify with this collection of songs and you have to read it. if you only ever read one poem from this collection make it London. (or the Garden of Love!!) my favourite line from the whole collection "In every infants cry of fear, THE MIND FORGED MANACLES I HEAR" - take that line away and think about it. pure genius. If you've ever taken mushrooms, read this book. you'll find out why.