A Visit to William Blake's Inn - Poem 1, "William Blake's Inn for Innocent and Experienced Travelers" Summary & Analysis

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Poem 1, "William Blake's Inn for Innocent and Experienced Travelers" Summary

This title is a direct reference to the names of two of Blake's most famous books of poems, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. This poem is in the poetic form the Virelai, which is a song form from French poetry with a line scheme of ABBAA in iambic quadrameter.

The poem contains three verses and sounds like it could be sung! Line one is a simple declarative, "This inn belongs to William Blake," but the following lines are almost scriptural in sound, mostly because three of them start with "and" and the last one talks about taking "joyous rest." Lines two and three tell of the beasts Blake has tamed and the stars he's named, inferring that he exists before, during, and after the present time.

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