Blake uses a more graceful, less rigid font for the lettering of Innocence. His setting is in the open for Innocence; within a formal interior for Experience. The gentle protected world of Innocence has been exchanged for an acquaintance with harsh circumstances in Experience.
Songs of Innocence|
Songs of Experience|
Northrop Frye in Fearful Symmetry points us in the direction of beginning to understand the relationship between innocence and experience when on page 238 he states:
"The irony suggested by the contrast of the two states of innocence and experience is deepened in the tragedy of Thel, the failure to overcome that contrast which is symbolized by all unborn forces of life, all sterile seeds, all the virginity that results from fear. The Book of Thel thus represents the failure to take the state of innocence into the state of experience."
Book of Thel, Plates 5 & 6, (E 6) "Wilt thou O Queen enter my house. 'tis given thee to enter, And to return; fear nothing. enter with thy virgin feet. The eternal gates terrific porter lifted the northern bar: Thel enter'd in & saw the secrets of the land unknown; She saw the couches of the dead, & where the fibrous roots Of every heart on earth infixes deep its restless twists: A land of sorrows & of tears where never smile was seen."