“A Little GIRL Lost” from Songs of Experience is one of Blake’s most important poems. Though judging the aesthetic value of a poem is nearly impossible, I would contend that “A Little Girl Lost” is “better” than “The Little Girl Lost” found in Songs of Innocence. Perhaps because “A Little Girl Lost” was composed as an afterthought to its original counterpart, having been first written in “Innocence,” it acts as a conclusion to the
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even the poems about innocence because from the “Experience” poems we learn that innocence is almost always lost. “A Little Girl Lost” is a step above its predecessor because it flows better and simply tells a more complicated and beautiful story. The intensity is heightened by the careless joy suddenly cut short by dismal reality. It is this intensity and emotional demonstration of love and loss that sets this poem apart from Blake’s others.