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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.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|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 ContentsFOREWORD TO THE 2008 EDITION PREFACE I. THE WORKS IN ILLUMINATED PRINTING 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 Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Introduction 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 Night Spring Nurse's Song Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Infant Joy A Dream On Anothers Sorrow Songs of Experience Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Introduction 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 London 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 Visions America a Prophecy Preludium A Prophecy Canceled Plates Fragment "As when a dream of Thiralatha" Europe a Prophecy "Five windows light the cavern'd Man" Preludium A Prophecy The Song of Los Africa Asia The First Book of Urizen Preludium The Book of Ahania The Book of Los Milton a Poem in 2 Books Preface "And did those feet in ancient time" Book the First Book the Second Jerusalem: The Emanation of The Giant Albion Frontispiece 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" Frontispiece 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 II. PROPHETIC WORKS, UNENGRAVED Tiriel 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 III. POETICAL SKETCHES 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 Contemplation Samson Further Sketches "the She bore Pale desire..." "Woe cried the muse..." IV. AN ISLAND IN THE MOON 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" V. SONGS AND BALLADS 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" Riches "If you trap the moment before its ripe" Eternity "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" Day "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" Morning "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 Mary 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 VI. SATIRIC VERSES AND EPIGRAMS 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 Another "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)