The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake: With a New Foreword and Commentary by Harold Bloom

The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake: With a New Foreword and Commentary by Harold Bloom

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Since its first publication in 1965, this collection has been widely hailed as the best available text of William Blake's poetry and prose. It is now expanded to include a new foreword by Harold Bloom, his definitive statement on Blake's greatness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520256378
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 07/07/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 1016
Sales rank: 376,885
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, William Blake (1757-1827) was a visionary English poet, painter, and printmaker. His wide-ranging influence can be seen in genres from theology and literature to popular music and graphic novels.

Table of Contents


All Religions are One
There is No Natural Religion a
There is No Natural Religion b
The Book of Thel
Thel's Motto
Songs of Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Innocence and of Experience
Songs of Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Innocence
The Shepherd
The Ecchoing Green
The Lamb
The Little Black Boy
The Blossom
The Chimney Sweeper
The Little Boy lost
The Little Boy Found
Laughing Song
A Cradle Song
The Divine Image
Holy Thursday
Nurse's Song
Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Infant Joy
A Dream
On Anothers Sorrow
Songs of Experience
Earth's Answer
The Clod & the Pebble
Holy Thursday
The Little Girl Lost
The Little Girl Found
The Chimney Sweeper
Nurse's Song
The Sick Rose
The Fly
The Angel
The Tyger
My Pretty Rose Tree
Ah! Sun-flower
The Lilly
The Garden of Love
The Little Vagabond
The Human Abstract
Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Infant Sorrow
A Poison Tree
A Little Boy Lost
A Little Girl Lost
To Tirzah
The School Boy
The Voice of the Ancient Bard
A Divine Image
For Children: The Gates of Paradise
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
The Argument
The Voice of the Devil
A Memorable Fancy
Proverbs of Hell
A Memorable Fancy
A Memorable Fancy
A Memorable Fancy
A Memorable Fancy
A Song of Liberty
Visions of the Daughters of Albion
The Argument
America a Prophecy
A Prophecy
Canceled Plates
Fragment "As when a dream of Thiralatha"
Europe a Prophecy
"Five windows light the cavern'd Man"
A Prophecy 
The Song of Los 
The First Book of Urizen
The Book of Ahania
The Book of Los
Milton a Poem in 2 Books


"And did those feet in ancient time"
Book the First
Book the Second
Jerusalem: The Emanation of The Giant Albion
To the Public

Chap: 1
To the Jews
"The fields from Islington to Marybone"

Chap: 2
To the Deists
"I saw a Monk of Charlemaine"

Chap: 3
To the Christians
"I give you the end of a golden string"
"I stood among my valleys of the south"
"England! awake!"

Chap: 4
For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise
Prologue "Mutual Forgiveness of each Vice"
The Keys of the Gates
Epilogue To The Accuser who is The God of This World
On Homers Poetry
On Virgil
The Ghost of Abel
The Laocoon

The French Revolution
The Four Zoas
Vala Night the First
Vala Night the Second
Vala Night the Third
Vala Night the Fourth
Vala Night the Fifth
Vala Night the Sixth
Vala Night the Seventh
Vala Night the Eighth
Vala Night the Ninth Being The Last Judgment

Miscellaneous Poems
To Spring
To Summer
To Autumn
To Winter
To the Evening Star
To Morning
Fair Elenor
Song "How sweet I roam'd from field to field"
Song "My silks and fine array"
Song "Love and harmony combine"
Song "I love the jocund dance"
Song "Memory, hither come"
Mad Song
Song "Fresh from the dewy hill, the merry year"
Song "When early morn walks forth in sober grey"
To the Muses
Gwin, King of Norway
An Imitation of Spen ser
Blind-man's Buff
King Edward the Third
"O sonds of Trojan Brutus, cloath'd in war"
Prologue, intended for a dramatic piece of King Edward the Fourth
Prologue to King John
A War Song to Englishmen
The Couch of Death
Further Sketches
"the She bore Pale desire..."
"Woe cried the muse..."

Chapter I
Chap 2
Chap 3
"Little Phebus came strutting in"
"Honour & Genius is all I ask"
Chap 4
Chap 5
Chap 6
"When old corruption first begun"
Chap 7
Chap 8
"Hear then the pride & knowledge of a Sailor"
"Phebe drest like beauties Queen"

Chap 9
"Lo the Bat with Leathern wing"
"Want Matches"
"I cry my matches as far as Guild hall"
"As I walkd forth one may morning"
"This frog he would a wooing ride"
"Fa ra so bo ro"
"Hail Matrimony made of Love"
"To be or not to be"
"This city & this country has brought forth many mayors"

Chap 10

Chap 11
"Upon a holy thursday thier innocent faces clean"
"When the tongues of children are heard on the green"
"O father father where are you going"
"O I say you Joe"
"Leave O leave me to my sorrows"
"Theres Doctor Clash"
"A crowned king"

Song 1st by a Shepherd
Song 3rd by an Old Shepherd
"Never pain to tell thy love"
"I feard the fury of my wind"
"I saw a chapel all of gold"
"I laid me down upon a bank"
A cradle song 
"I asked a thief to steal me a peach"
To my Mirtle
To go on 1 Plate
"O lapwing thou fliest around the heath"
An answer to the parson
Experiment "Thou hast a lap full of seed"
"If you trap the moment before its ripe"
"I heard an Angel singing"
"Silent Silent Night"
To Nobodaddy
"Are not the joys of morning sweeter"
"How came pride in Man"
How to know Love from Deceit
The wild flowers Song
Soft Snow
Merlins prophecy
"Why Should I care for the men of thames"
"The sword sung on the barren heath"
"Abstinence sows sand all over"
"Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|In a wife I would desire"
Lacedemonian Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Instruction
"An old maid early eer I knew"
Several Questions Answered
"He who binds to himself a joy"
"The look of love alarms"
"Soft deceit & Idleness"
"What is it men in women do require"
An ancient Proverb
The Fairy
The Kid
"My Spectre around me night & day"
Postscript "Oer my Sins Thou sit & moan"
"Mock on Mock on Voltaire Rousseau"
"Terror in the house does roar"
The Birds
"Why was Cupid a Boy"
"Now Art has lost its mental Charms"
To the Queen
"The Caverns of the Grave I've seen"
"I rose up at the dawn of day"
"A fairy skipd upon my knee"
"Around the Springs of Gray my wild root weaves"
To M' Ann Flaxman
The Pickering Manuscript
The Smile
The Golden Net
The Mental Traveller
The Land of Dreams
The Crystal Cabinet
The Grey Monk
Augusries of Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Innocence
An Editorial Arrangement
Long John Brown & Little Mary Bell
William Bond
Mr Blake's Nursery Rhyme

Motto to the Songs of Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Innocence & of Experience
"Let the Brothels of Paris be opened"
"Who will exchange his own fire side"
"When Klopstock England defied"
On the Virginity of the Virgin Mary & Johanna Southcott
"You don't believe I won't attempt to make ye"
"If it is True What the Prophets write"
"I am no Homers Hero you all know"
"The Angel that resided oer my birth"
"Some Men created for destruction come"
"If I eer Grow to Mans Estate"
From Cratetos
"If Men will act like a maid smiling over a Churn"
"Anger & Wratch my bosom rends"
An Epitaph
"He is a Cock would"
"And his legs carried it like a long fork"
"Was I angry with Hayley who used me so ill"
Blakes apology for his Catalogue
"Cosway Frazer & Baldwin of Egypt Lake"
"My title as a Genius thus is provd"
To H 
"P————loved me not as he lovd his Friends"
"The Sussex Men are Noted Fools"
"Of H s birth this was the happy lot"
On H————ys Friendship
To H———
On H————the Pick thank
Imitation of Pope    A Compliment to the Ladies
William Cowper Esq
"The only Man that eer I knew"
"Madman I have been calld Fool they call thee"
To F————
"He's a Blockhead who wants a proof of what he Can't Percieve"
To Nancy F———
To F———
"S——— in Childhood on the Nursery floor"
"He has observed the Golden Rule"
To S———d
On S———
"old acquaintance well renew"
On F——— & S———
M' Cromek to M' Stothard
"Cr———— loves artists as he loves his Meat"
"A Petty sneaking Knave I knew"
Cromek Speaks
English Encouragement of Art First reading
English Encouragement of Art Final reading
"When you look at a picture you always can see"
The Cunning sures & the Aim at yours
"All Pictures thats Panted with Sense & with Thought"
"You say their Pictures well Painted be"
"The Errors of a Wise Man make your Rule"
"Great things are done when Men & Mountain meet"
"If you play a Game of Chance know before you begin"
"No real Style of Colouring ever appears"
"Can there by any thing more mean"
"Sir Joshua Praises Michael Angelo"
"Sir Joshua praised Rubens with a Smile"
Florentine Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Ingratitude
A Pitiful Case
To the Royal Academy
"The Cripple every step Drudges & labours"
"I Rubens am a Statesman & a Saint"
To English Connoisseurs
"Swelld limbs, with no outline that you can descry"
A Pretty Epigram for the Entertainment...
"These are the Idiots chiefest arts"
"Rafael Sublime Majestic Graceful Wise"
On the Great Encouragement...
"Give pensions to the Learned Pig"
"When I see a Rubens Rembrant Correggio"
"Delicate Hands & Heads will never appear"
"I aksd my Dear Friend Orator Prigg"
"o dear Mother outline of knowledge most sage"
To Venetian Artists 
"Great Men & Fools do often me Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Inspire"
"Some people admire the work of a Fool"
"Her whole Life is an Epigram smack smooth & nobly pend"
"When a Man has Married a Wife"
"Grown old in Love from Seven till Seven times Seven"
"The Hebrew Nation did not write it"
To God
"Since all the Riches of this World"
"To Choles breast young Cupid slily stole"
"Nail his neck to the Cross nail it with a nail"
"A Woman Scaly & a Man all Hairy"
The Washer Womans Song

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"[An] essential book in the study of an always fascinating author."—Times Literary Supplement (Tls)

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