A daily poem skill for those with a casual interest in poetry, to those with a comprehensive library and an inkwell and quill on their desk! Enjoy the short, lyrical poems of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience with the Daily Blake–Alexa will read a random poem when prompted.<br/><br/>Who was William Blake?<br/>Poet and artist William Blake was largely unrecognized during his lifetime–difficult to imagine given the reputation he appreciates today. Blake hand-etched each of his songs onto copper plates, which he then inked, printed, and colored in with paint. This labor-intensive method resulted in very few copies of Blake's Songs entering circulation. <br/><br/>About the Songs<br/>In the Songs, Blake presents "the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul." He questions the practices of his society–attacking the negative treatment of minorities and suffering caused by child labor, while also expressing hope for the future, and that society will reject flawed doctrine and embrace a combination of the good of innocent and experienced perception.<br/><br/>It should be noted that reciting poetry is an artform in and of itself. When done well, it engages its audience and conveys a poem's meaning and voice. Alexa, for all her many charms, will never compare to you! Therefore, we encourage Daily Blake listeners to pursue their interest and read Blake aloud on their own. In fact, the most rewarding way to consider his work is to see his graphic art and writing together.<br/><br/>Happy listening, Daily Blake fans!
June 28th 2017