William Blake Songs of Innocence Title Page, Blake learning resource, Tate

William Blake Songs of Innocence title page 1789
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© Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

William Blake Songs of Experience Title page 1794, Tate Blake learning resource

William Blake Songs of Experience title page 1794
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© Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

The Songs of Innocence were published by Blake in 1789, and he produced a combined version of Songs of Innocence and of Experience in 1794.

The Songs are now often studied for their literary merit alone, but they were originally produced as illuminated books, engraved, hand-printed, and coloured by Blake himself. The text of the poem and the accompanying illustration formed an integrated whole, each adding meaning to the other. In this section you can examine three of the Songs of Innocence and five of the Songs of Experience in their original illustrated form.