Selected Poems

ISBN-10: 0140424466
ISBN-13: 9780140424461
Edition: 2006 (Revised)
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 3/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

The soulful mysticism of Blakecaptured in a definitive new collection of his finest verse Writer and religious rebel, William Blake sowed the seeds of Romanticism in his innovative poems concerning faith and the vision that inspired him throughout his remarkable life. Whether describing his own spirituality, the innocence of youth, or the corruption caused by mankind, his writings depict a world in which spirits dominate and the mind is the gateway to Heaven. Presenting many of Blakes major works in their complete texts, alongside extensive passages from such poems as Jerusalem and The Gates of Paradise, this collection spans his entire poetic life, from the exquisite lyrics of Poetic Sketches to Songs of Innocence and Experiencea compelling exploration of good and evil. Together, they illuminate a self-made realm that has fascinated artists and poets as diverse as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Yeats, and Ginsberg. This is the perfect introduction to Blakes unforgettable 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.

William Blake(17571827) was a British poet, painter, engraver, and visionary mystic who proclaimed the supremacy of the imagination over the rationalism and materialism of the eighteenth century. G. E. Bentley, Jr., has taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Toronto and is an authority on Blake and his world.

Poetical sketches
'An island in the moon'
Songs by shepherds
Tiriel
Songs of innocence
The book of Thel
The marriage of heaven and hell
'A fairy leapt'
Visions of the daughters of Albion
America a prophecy
Notebook
Songs of experience
Europe a prophecy
The first book of Urizen
The song of Los
A asked a thief
Vala or the four Zoa's
Letters
Milton
Jerusalem
To the queen
The ballads or Pickering manuscript
The ghost of Abel
For the sexes : the gates of paradise

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