Complete Poems

ISBN-10: 0140422153
ISBN-13: 9780140422153
Edition: 1977
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Description: One of the great English Romantic poets, William Blake (1757 - 1827) was an artist, poet, mystic and visionary. His work ranges from the deceptively simple and lyrical Songs of Innocence and their counterpoint Songs Of Experience - which juxtapose  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 1977
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 3/30/1978
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1072
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

One of the great English Romantic poets, William Blake (1757 - 1827) was an artist, poet, mystic and visionary. His work ranges from the deceptively simple and lyrical Songs of Innocence and their counterpoint Songs Of Experience - which juxtapose poems such as "The Lamb' and 'The Tyger', 'The Blossom' and 'The Sick Rose' - to highly elaborate, apocalyptic works, such as The Four Zoas, Milton and Jerusalem. Throughout his life Blake drew on a rich heritage of philosophy, religion and myth, to create poetic worlds illuminated by his spiritual and revolutionary beliefs that have fascinated, intrigued and enchanted readers for generations. Edited by Alicia Ostriker, this definitive edition contains all of Blake's poems, including those unpublished in his lifetime, with the remaining fragments of his work and his notes upon The Four Zoas. Full notes are also provided to explain the context and complexities of the poetry.

William Blake's poems, prophecies, and engravings represent his strong vision and voice for rebellion against orthodoxy and all forms of repression. Born in London in November 1757; his father, a hosier of limited means, could do little for the boy's education. However, when the young Blake's talent for design became apparent, his wise father sent him to drawing school at the age of 10. In 1771 Blake was apprenticed to an engraver. Blake went on to develop his own technique, a method he claimed that came to him in a vision of his deceased younger brother. In this, as in so many other areas of his life, Blake was an iconoclast; his blend of printing and engraving gave his works a unique and striking illumination. Blake joined with other young men in support of the Revolutions in France and America. He also lived his own revolt against established rules of conduct, even in his own home. One of his first acts after marrying his lifetime companion, Catherine Boucher, was to teach her to read and write, rare for a woman at that time. Blake's writings were increasingly styled after the Hebrew prophets. His engravings and poetry give form and substance to the conflicts and passions of the elemental human heart, made real as actual characters in his later work. Although he was ignored by the British literary community through most of his life, interest and study of his work has never waned. Blake's creativity and original thinking mark him as one of the earliest Romantic poets, best known for his Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794) and The Tiger. Blake died in London in 1827.

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