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William Blake

Full Name: William Blake
Gender: Male
Hometown: Golden Square, London, England
Born: 1757-11-28
Died: 1827-08-12
Number of Works: 218
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."


ISBN: 1420925806, 9781420925807
Keywords: experience, innocence, songs
Pages: 56
Published: 1794
  • Rating: 80%

Songs of Experience is a 1794 poetry collection of 26 poems forming the second part of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Some of the poems, such as The Little Boy Lost and The Little Boy Found were moved by Blake to Songs of Innocence, and were frequently moved between the two books.[citation needed] In this collection of poems, Blake contrasts Songs of Innocence, in which he shows how the human spirit blossoms when allowed its own free movement with Songs of Experience, in which he shows how the human spirit withers after it has been suppressed and forced to conform to ru
ISBN: 0385152132, 9780385152136
Keywords: prose, poetry, complete
Pages: 1024
Published: 1981
  • Rating: 80%

Since its first publication in 1965, this edition  has been widely hailed as the best available text  of Blake's poetry and prose. Now revised, if  includes up-to-date work on variants, chronology of  poems and critical commentary by Harold Bloom. An  "Approved Edition" of the Center for Scholarly  Editions of the Modern Language Association.
ISBN: 0486281221, 9780486281223
Keywords: hell, heaven, marriage
Pages: 48
Published: 1790
  • Rating: 80%

<DIV>Inspired satire on religion and morality, including 70 aphorisms of "Proverbs of Hell." 27 full-color plates, full text.</DIV>
ISBN: 0500282455, 9780500282458
Keywords: books, illuminated, complete
Pages: 480
Published: 1974
  • Rating: 100%

In his Illuminated Books, William Blake combined text and imagery on a single page in a way that had not been done since the Middle Ages. For Blake, religion and politics, intellect and emotion, mind and body were both unified and in conflict with each other: his work is expressive of his personal mythology, and his methods of conveying it were integral to its meaning. There is no comparison with reading books such as Jerusalem, America, and Songs of Innocence and of Experience in Blake's own medium, infused with his sublime and exhilarating colors. Tiny figures and forms dance among the lines
ISBN: 0140422153, 9780140422153
Keywords: poems, complete
Pages: 1072
Published: 1978
  • Rating: 80%

One of the great English Romantic poets, William Blake (1757-1827) was an artist, poet, mystic and visionary. His work ranges from the deceptively simple and lyrical "Songs of Innocence" and their counterpoint "Experience" - which juxtapose poems such as "The Lamb and The Tyger", and "The Blossom and The Sick Rose" - to highly elaborate, apocalyptic works, such as "The Four Zoas", "Milton" and "Jerusalem". Throughout his life Blake drew on a rich heritage of philosophy, religion and myth, to create a poetic worlds illuminate
ISBN: 0393090833, 9780393090833
Keywords: critical, norton, designs, poetry, blake
Pages: 618
Published: 1979
  • Rating: 80%

This generous selection from Blake's poems, prose, notebooks, marginalia, and letters is accompanied by many of Blake's illuminations for his own works, some in full color. The spelling and punctuation have been modified for greater intelligibility to modern readers. Almost all of Blake's published writings are here, as well as most of his best shorter poems that remained in manuscript at his death, and much of his most energetic prose. Of Blake's major epics, Milton is printed in full, in its longest version; Jerusalem is represented by selection amounting to one third of the complete poem,
ISBN: 0486292827, 9780486292823
Keywords: poetry, romantic, english
Pages: 256
Published: 1996
  • Rating: 80%

Rich selection of 123 poems by 6 great English Romantic poets: William Blake (24 poems), William Wordsworth (27 poems), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (10 poems), Lord Byron (16 poems), Percy Bysshe Shelley (24 poems) and John Keats (22 poems). Introduction and brief commentaries on the poets.
ISBN: 0140150269, 9780140150261
Keywords: blake, william, portable
Pages: 736
Published: 1956
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0486285170, 9780486285177
Keywords: poems, selected
Pages: 96
Published: 1970
  • Rating: 80%

Features 104 of Blake's poems: "A Song of Liberty," "The Argument," "Proverbs of Hell," "The Mental Traveller," "The Land of Dreams," "To the Evening Star" and many more.
ISBN: 0486246361, 9780486246369
Keywords: full, color, plates, reproduction, experience, facsimile, songs
Pages: 48
Published: 2007
  • Rating: 80%

This fascimile edition of one of Blake's celebrated "Illuminated Books" reproduces a collection of calligraphed poems, each enclosed in a masterful full-colored illustration. Twenty-six plates reprinted from a rare 1826 etched edition include "London," "A Little Boy lost," "Holy Thursday," 'The Voice of the Ancient Bard" and other immortal verse. To enhance reading, the texts of all the poems are transcribed seperately, following the plates.Dynamic designs and simplicity of language convey Blake's vision of mankind and his condemnation of a wealthy