Grade: all
Subject: Literature

#1440. William Blake poems

Literature, level: all
Posted Sun Dec 12 17:48:10 PST 1999 by Laurie's Education and Resource Network, Inc (
William Blake
Laurie's Education and Resource Network, Inc, edmonton canada
Materials Required: none
Activity Time: 120 min
Concepts Taught: Problematic vocabulary

This document is accompanied by a 'trailer', or a preliminary study of the document:

A synopsis of the basic plot structure
Character sketches and relationships
Basic conflicts and their resolution
Problematic vocabulary
And a sound file in MP3 format or RealAudio with the complete original

Extended Readings include follow up comprehension activities, involving
language specific learning:

What's in an Idiom? A study of idioms encountered in the reading.
The Slang Game A look at any slang used in the text.
A Word by any Other Name Exercises using the problematic/unusual
vocabulary in the text.
Funny or Not? Humor in Focus If the text uses humor, a study looks at
how/why something is funny.
Culture Cachet A look at the culture inherent in the language.

All Extended Readings also include final tests, of which there are two. One test
focuses on the modalities of reading and writing, while the other nurtures the skills of
listening and speaking. Further, Extended Readings are accompanied by a list of
suggested projects or activities that students could do to complete their literary


One of Blake's Songs of Innocence, in which the lamb
and mankind are compared to one another. Both are
seen as creations of God.


Blake sees beauty in decay and comes to the
conclusion that beauty is a fleeting thing.


One of Blake's Song of Experience, the creator of the
tyger is seen as an evil and dark force. The poet
cannot believe that the same God who created the
lamb could have created the tyger.