Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Songs of Innocence and of Experience

by William Blake

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Overview

William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience includes some of the visionary poet’s finest and best-loved poems such as ‘The Lamb’, ‘The Chimney-Sweeper’ and ‘The Tiger’.

Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library, a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket-sized classics with gold-foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition has a foreword by Peter Harness.

Blake’s work is instantly recognizable by its flamboyance and inventiveness. This gorgeous edition contains stunning reproductions of the fifty-four plates of the poems and illustrations together, which Blake etched himself and coloured by hand. Each has the poem printed on the facing page. Whilst Songs of Innocence captures the innocence of childhood, Songs of Experience is its contrasting sequel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781529027280
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 08/08/2019
Series: Macmillan Collector's Library
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 94 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William Blake was born in London in 1757. He was apprenticed to a master engraver and then studied at the Royal Academy under the guidance of Joshua Reynolds. In 1789 he engraved and published Songs of Innocence and the contrasting Songs of Experience came later in 1794. A poet, painter and printmaker of great originality and imagination, his work was largely unrecognized during his lifetime and he struggled to make a living. Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. He died in 1827.

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"[A] beautiful book. . . . Represent[s] these works faithfully in all their splendid color and detail."—The Bloomsbury Review

"A beautiful book that offers us both access to the text as originally intended and in-depth exegesis. . . . [An] essential book."—Times Literary Supplement (Tls)

"An intellectual and critical gem."—Blake: an Illustrated Quarterly

"Essick's volume . . . stands out for its gorgeous production values as well as detailed plate-by-plate commentary."—Stds
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