Decoding William Blake – PLL season 6

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The titles for PLL Season 6, episodes 602/03 are called Songs of experience and Songs of Innocence; this is the title of William Blake’s famous poetry book.

William Blake was an English poet and he was a deeply spiritual thinker. The more I think about A and his actions and motives the more it ties in with everything in this book.

If you haven’t read Songs of Innocence and Experience, here it is in Layman’s terms:

Blake wrote about the innocence of a child and how it’s altered by the actions of its adult counterpart.  Think of a child growing up around corruption and repression, adults who are struggling in their world, now imagine what that would do to a child? I already feel sorry for A.

I don’t think A is after the girls, I think A is after their parents but the only way to do that is to go after what they love most and that’s their kids.

The poems are mixed in terms of points of view, some are a child’s point of view and some are of an adult.

‘The Lamb’ shows a gentler side, we can tell it’s from a child’s perspective. For example the child is asking the Lamb, who made you?  Do you know who made you? It’s like it’s questioning its own existence, like it doesn’t know where it comes from.

Blake’s poems are nursery rhymes, they are songs of children, and some of them are heartbreaking but beautiful. It also makes me think about what Keegan Allen said, that the reveal will be heartbreakingly beautiful, these poems contain horror and beauty at the same time.

Everyone has different interpretations of the poems, here is mine.

It’s about innocence vs experience, child vs adult, good vs evil, but mostly it’s between two minds about the world.

Little Lamb who made thee

Dost thou know who made thee

At the end of the poem, the child says Little Lamb God Bless Thee, maybe the child is saying God will look after him/her, this ties in with the bibles. Maybe the little child is now looking after the lamb, the child looking after the parent?

Another famous poem from the book is ‘The Tyger’, which is the complete opposite of The Lamb. This is darker and has evil undertones.  It sounds like it’s from an adult point of view, one that’s been through life and struggle, who doesn’t see the world as being as simple as it once was, the world of lambs has been taken over by a world of tigers.

 Could twist the sinews of thy heart?

And when thy heart began to beat,

What dread hand and what dread feet?

When I think of this, I believe that the writers are right about A, it’s not as black and white as it looks and we will feel sorry for him/her, once we know why they are doing what they are.

And look at the book over, it looks like two children with their mother/nurse? It reminds me of Marion and not Mrs. D.

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Now look at the cover of Songs of Experience, does it look like the same two children as adults mourning for their mother/father?

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