Nancy Willard Writing Styles in A Visit to William Blake's Inn

Nancy Willard
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As this is a group of linked poems, the points of view shift whimsically within the general framework of the inn. Poem 1, "William Blake's Inn for Innocent and Experienced Travelers," is told in third person. The poem simply explains some of the magical and wonderful aspects of the inn. Poem 2, "Blake's Wonderful Car Delivers Us Wonderfully Well," is told in first person, in the voice of the little boy traveler. The reader only knows it is a little boy because of the illustration. Otherwise it could be Nancy Willard's voice equally well. Poem 3, "A Rabbit Reveals My Room," is also told in the same first person as Poem 2. Poem 4, "The Sun and Moon Circus Soothes the Wakeful Guests," is told in third person up till the last stanza, which shifts into first person again, the little boy. Poem 5, "The Man in the Marmalade Hat Arrives," is...

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