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This seminal work of merges both Blake's poetry and his artistic talent in the realm of engraving. This particular engraving, the general title page to Songs of Innocence and of Experience, showcases the moment directly after Adam and Eve's realization of human sin and of their own intelligence. In many ways, this highlights Blake's feelings about the "innocent" state of childhood and religion and the "experienced" state of adult human life. The bird of paradise appears to be flying away, back toward God. Meanwhile, Adam and Eve cower near the ground as they are pierced with the noise and color of a wrathful Old Testament God.
Contributed by Katlyn Powers