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“The Garden of Love,” by the English poet William Blake (1757–1827) is one of the lyrics contained in his collection titled Songs of Experience. “The Garden of Love” opens with images of beauty and a garden, with its flowers, that was once enjoyed by the poet as a child. The poem then departs from this image of innocence as he sees the garden decay, and the flowers that once grew have since been replaced by graves and tombstones. The music for this evocative and emotive poem is gently dissonant, with lyrical melodies, modal tonality, sudden shifts in key and is accompanied by piano.

The Garden of Love

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