Abstract

The Poems and the Books: Reading and Rereading Blake’s Songs

The first part of this essay suggests ways to teach the varying versions of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1794) in order to highlight different types of interpretive coherence as well as Blake’s idea of what a book is.  The second part of the essay considers the implications of teaching the Songs for what we might call a “Blakean pedagogy.”