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William Blake: The Complete Poems

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William Blake (1757-1827) is one of the great figures in literature, by turns poet, artist and visionary.

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His work ranges from the deceptively simple and lyrical Songs of Innocence and their counterpoint Songs Of Experience - which juxtapose poems such as "The Lamb" and "The Tyger", "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 poetic worlds illuminated by his spiritual and revolutionary beliefs that have fascinated, intrigued and enchanted readers for generations.

Edited by Alicia Ostriker, this definitive edition contains all of Blake's poems, including those unpublished in his lifetime, with the remaining fragments of his work and his notes upon The Four Zoas. Full notes are also provided to explain the context and complexities of the poetry.

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"To plunge into one of Blake's longer poems, such as America, and read, The shadowy daughter of Urthona stood before red Orc, / When fourteen suns had faintly journey'd o'er his dark abode, is to enter a wild realm of lurid fantasy, which seems to stand as a shadowy alternative to our familiar universe. Who is Urthona? And who or what is Orc? In her excellent edition of The Complete Poems (Penguin, 1,071 pages, $20), the poet Alicia Ostriker glosses the first as earth-owner and the second as deriving from the Latin orcus or hell."         ~The New York Sun

Excerpt
"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom... If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise."      ~Proverbs of Hell, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Editor Ostriker, Alicia
Author Blake, William
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 1071 pp.
Publisher Penguin Books 1977
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