Selected Poems of William Blake

Selected Poems of William Blake William Blake was an engraver painter and visionary mystic as well as one of the most revolutionary of the Romantic poets His writing attracted the astonished admiration of authors as diverse as Word

  • Title: Selected Poems of William Blake
  • Author: William Blake
  • ISBN: 9781853264528
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Paperback
  • William Blake was an engraver, painter and visionary mystic as well as one of the most revolutionary of the Romantic poets His writing attracted the astonished admiration of authors as diverse as Wordsworth, Ruskin, W.B.Yeats, and recently beat poet Allen Ginsberg and the flower power generation He is one of England s most original artists whose works aim to liberWilliam Blake was an engraver, painter and visionary mystic as well as one of the most revolutionary of the Romantic poets His writing attracted the astonished admiration of authors as diverse as Wordsworth, Ruskin, W.B.Yeats, and recently beat poet Allen Ginsberg and the flower power generation He is one of England s most original artists whose works aim to liberate imaginative energies and subvert the mind forged manacles of restriction.This volume contains many of his writings, including Songs of Innocence , Songs of Experience , The Marriage of Heaven and Hell , and a generous selection from the Prophetic Books including Milton and Jerusalem.

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    William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake s work is today considered seminal and significant in the history of both poetry and the visual arts.Blake s prophetic poetry has been said to form what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the language His visual artistry has led one modern critic to proclaim him far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced Although he only once travelled any further than a day s walk outside London over the course of his life, his creative vision engendered a diverse and symbolically rich corpus, which embraced imagination as the body of God , or Human existence itself.Once considered mad for his idiosyncratic views, Blake is highly regarded today for his expressiveness and creativity, and the philosophical and mystical currents that underlie his work His work has been characterized as part of the Romantic movement, or even Pre Romantic , for its largely having appeared in the 18th century Reverent of the Bible but hostile to the established Church, Blake was influenced by the ideals and ambitions of the French and American revolutions, as well as by such thinkers as Emanuel Swedenborg.Despite these known influences, the originality and singularity of Blake s work make it difficult to classify One 19th century scholar characterised Blake as a glorious luminary , a man not forestalled by predecessors, nor to be classed with contemporaries, nor to be replaced by known or readily surmisable successors.


  • Okay, so I read this, and am afraid that it brought me to the conclusion that Blake is overrated. But glad to have read him, and there were some striking lines. Okay, so it was worth it.

  • I've never been big on poetry - I like action, and poetry requires way to much thinking. I do, however, appreciate the magic of language, so I can appreciate a cleverly written poem here and there.This was a real mixed bag. I loved the crazy stuff; the ones where there was (action) a story, and clear characters. I enjoyed the ones where I understood what was happening. There were some moments that caught me off guard because of a sudden grisly reveal or unexpected statement. I also really liked [...]

  • Blake for me is a good poet with some thought provoking words. Some poetry of his is a bit too religious for me, but this is a good selection overall.

  • I enjoyed Songs of Innocence and Experience as well as a few pieces at the beginning. One poem in particular "Little Lamb" would be perfect framed in a baby's room. But the last set of poems were just too religious for my taste. I have a feeling Blake may have debated with CS Lewis. That would have been interesting to witness.

  • In sober style you hail the coming of the seasons And decry foul crimes that twist man’s reasonWith dewy locks and flames, shade and silent decay With cages and jails to trap our mortal clay At times through long stanzas you make us plod Through epics of tyrants and the lands they trod Others your sprightly lines leap and bound Longing for the past and its mellow soundYou sing the praises of gratified desire And bodies burning with everlasting fire You scorn and mock the holy writ Each time yo [...]

  • William Blake - name, which I first read in Red Dragon.Red DragonUnfortunately it was a reference full with violence and madness, so I thought this author must be completely out of my liking, but then again reading biographic introduction about Kahlil Gibran, it was mentioned that Blake has been great influence. My curiosity was raised. So I decided to try things out.Right now I'm pleased I did. Although it was a challenge to read poetry in 19th century's English, it was worth it. There were pie [...]

  • I love this kid. I memorized Pretty Rose Tree when I was younger because it's important to know exactly one poem by heart, and that seemed like a good one. That was before I read the Auguries of Innocence sober. It is right and should be so;Man was made for Joy & Woe,And when this we rightly know,Thro' the World we safely go. I'm not a big poetry guy, but I'm an enormous existentialism guy and that's a damn succinct encapsulation of being human. I plan to use this therapeutically and philoso [...]

  • Well, William Blake week has come to an end. Although I had already been a fan of Blake for a long time, I had never read a large body of his work, so my impression of his work was definitely changed by the experience. I discovered how his body of work is quite philosophical and political, which brought me to respect his work in a whole new way. Among the philosophical poems that I found particularly moving are "The Fly" and the particularly simple but poignant "Epiphany": He who binds to himsel [...]

  • It's hard to really find a good introductory book to Blake I think, because his body of work is fairly difficult to get into. To be frank, I often felt like I needed a map and compass to find my way through his epic poems. But what imagery! And what a world he had created! I much preferred his shorter poems, as they were more accessible to me. Among my favorites were: On Another's Sorrow, Grown Old in Love, How to know Love from Deceit, The Garden of Love, A Poison Tree, and A Divine Image. One [...]

  • This is the first time that I have read a book of poems and I have to say so far this is not my cup of tea. Maybe I can blame this solely on Blake, I’ll have to hold back judgement on that until I have read other poems; I plan on reading Tennyson next, and I also have a book with German poetry sitting on my shelves so maybe it’s just Blake that I don’t get and not poetry itself. In the entire book there was only one poem that I liked. I didn’t care for most and some I abandoned half way [...]

  • Blake is a singularity. He speaks of lions lying down with lambs and the immolation of a little boy in almost the same breath. The poems from 'Songs of Innocence' are his most memorable because they capture the spirit of joy better than any poetry I know. His later work is reddened with the glint of ferocious zeal, and there is something truly terrifying about the 'Tyger tyger burning bright / in the forests of the night' and the old woman who nails a boy to a rock and grows young as he grows ol [...]

  • I was angry with my friend; I told my wrath, my wrath did end.I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow. And I waterd it in fears,Night & morning with my tears: And I sunned it with smiles,And with soft deceitful wiles. And it grew both day and night. Till it bore an apple bright. And my foe beheld it shine,And he knew that it was mine. And into my garden stole, When the night had veild the pole; In the morning glad I see; My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

  • Some lovely tidbits and interesting poems. Not as earth-shattering as I have been led to believe. Of course, to fully appreciate would require a more scholarly book or a course in Blake. Having neither of those and on my own, my appreciation is greatly dimmed. Nevertheless, I gleaned more than enough to make the read worth my time.One observation. Blake seems to disdain religion in his youth and become much more religious as he ages, an all too familiar phenonomen.

  • An easy introductory text to the work of Blake. Vaughn's short essay/bio is concise without being cursory, and the captions for the plates are informative, insightful, and accessible. The selection of plates is good, as is their reproduction quality, although with a selection of only 40 plates with which to represent Blake's oeuvre, I would have left-out a few of the unfinished pieces for Dante's Commedia and included other work.

  • With Blake it's still the short poems that I like best. Is there anything in the English language more sublime than the Songs of Innocence and of Experience? Vaughan Williams made an exquisite setting of them.

  • Blake, the dark angel of poetry!With his amazing dark thoughts mixed with the beauty of nature and fancies from heaven and hell.I cant favor a poem over the otherI cant believe he wrote them back in the 1790s !It feels like he is a spirit from past with this scarlet and sophisticated language who came to write about now days!

  • Personally, my most cherished British poet :) The perpetually up-to-date, inspirational, introspective, buoyant, non-conformist, mentally revolutional Blake with dark,wry humour and meaningful allusions, as well as with a distinct and singular wit! Joyous exaltation!

  • Qualche anno fa l'avevo abbandonato, ma ora ritrovandolo mentre sistemavo i libri per il trasloco ho scoperto che invece non è così "male" certo è una poesia visionaria ed ironica, però, ha un suo fascino

  • He who binds to himself a joyDoth the winged life destroyBut he who kisses the joy as it fliesLives in eternitys sun riseYou never know what is enough unless you know what is more then enough.Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained…

  • The master. He could speak to all the (dead) greats and put it back into his own art. Read this and expand your brain.

  • Don't get this edition! Not having the pictures is *so* frustrating.But, boy, Blake is crazy--it's all very exciting.

  • "He who binds to himself a joyDoes the winged life destroy;But he who kisses the joy as it fliesLives in eternity’s sun rise."

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