The Complete Poems

The Complete Poems

by William Blake

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Overview

A visionary of eighteen-century English society, William Blake produced a vast collection of poetry, mythology, satires, political pieces, and prophetic works, in addition to his famous etchings and engravings. Although largely unknown during his own lifetime and often rejected as a madman for claims of hearing voices and later having visions, Blake has achieved enduring fame for his innovative and extraordinarily imaginative work and is widely viewed as one of the most important of all English artists. Born in London in 1757, Blake received little formal schooling and began his apprenticeship as an engraver in 1772 and later studied painting at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The poetry he wrote throughout his life varies greatly in style and substance, reflecting his literary development and the radical shifts in his religious belief. This complete collection of Blake’s poetry includes his famous “Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience”, which exemplify the author’s fondness for thematic dichotomies in poems like “The Lamb” and “The Tyger”. Also included are “The Four Zoas”, “Milton”, and “Jerusalem”, all of which display an extensive use of symbolism from Christianity and Blake’s theories on reality and knowledge. This collection is an important addition to the library of any scholar, student, or poetry enthusiast. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420963977
Publisher: Neeland Media
Publication date: 11/04/2019
Pages: 542
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William Blake (1757-1827) was the son of a London hosier. Having attended Henry Parr's drawing school, he was apprenticed as an engraver to the Society of Antiquaries in 1772 and later was admitted to teh Royal Academy. He married in 1782 and published his first work, Poetical Sketches, in 1783. The first of his "illuminated books" was Songs of Innocence in 1789. Blake's work over the next twenty years chart the refining of his ideas and beliefs, from a recognition of repression in Songs of Experience to his epic works Milton and Jerusalem whihc present a renewed vision of reconciliation between humanity.

Alicia Ostriker is a professor of English at Rutgers University.

Table of Contents

The Complete PoemsPreface
Table of Dates
Further Reading
The Poems

Poetical Sketches
Miscellaneous Poems
King Edward the Third
Dramatic Fragments
Poems Written in a Copy of Poetical Sketches

Songs from "An Island in the Moon"
There is No Natural Religion [a, b]
All Religions Are One
The Book of Thel
Tiriel
Songs of Innocence and of Experience
Songs of Innocence
Songs of Experience

Notebook Poems and Fragments, c. 1789-93
The French Revolution
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
A Song of Liberty

Visions of the Daughters of Albion
America
Europe
The Song of Los
Africa
Asia

The Book of Urizen
The Book of Ahania
The Book of Los
Vala, or The Four Zoas
Notes Written on the Pages of The Four Zoas
Additional Fragments

Three Poems, ?c. 1800
Poems from Letters
Notebook Poems, c. 1800-1806
Poems from the Pickering Manuscript
Milton
Dedication to Blake's Illustrations to Blair's Grave
Notebook Epigrams and Satiric Verses, c. 1808-12
Miscellaneous Verses and Epigrams
Verse from the Marginalia to Reynolds's Discourses
Verse from the Advertisement to Blake's Exhibition of Paintings, 1809
Epigrams from A Descriptive Catalogue
Epigrams from "Public Address"

Jerusalem
The Everlasting Gospel
For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise
The Ghost of Abel

Notes
Dictionary of Proper Names
Note to the Indexes
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines

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