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ISBN-10: 0199537615
ISBN-13: 9780199537617
Edition: 2008
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Description: Bringing together a combination of Pope's poetry and prose - the major poems in their entirety, together with translations, criticism, letters and other prose, this edition features a comprehensive biographical index, as well as an introduction and  More...

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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 768
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 0.264
Language: English

Bringing together a combination of Pope's poetry and prose - the major poems in their entirety, together with translations, criticism, letters and other prose, this edition features a comprehensive biographical index, as well as an introduction and useful notes.

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.

Satirical poet Alexander Pope was born in London on May 21, 1688. He was educated by private tutors. Many consider Pope to be the greatest poet of his time, and he also wrote commentaries and translations, he is best known for such poems as The Rape of the Lock and The Duncaid. Pope was the first English poet to make a substantial amount of money from his writing. Pope died on May 30, 1744.

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