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Songs of Innocence and of Experience [Paperback]

William Blake
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Book Description

Oct. 1 1970 0192810898 978-0192810892
Blake was one of the finest craftsmen of his time, an artist for whom art and poetry were inextricably linked. He was an indepedent and rebellious thinker, who abhorred pretention and falsity in others. His Songs of Innocence are products of this innocent imagination untainted by worldliness, while the Songs of Experience resulted from his feelings of indignation and pity for the sufferings of mankind. The Songs of Innocence and Expereince, containing some of Blake's finest and best-loved poems, are presented here in the form which best satisfied the high expectations of his poetic and artistic aspirations. The fifty-four plates which Blake originallly etched and coloured by hand are faithfully reproduced with the same delicacy and dimensions as the artist created them.

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54 colour plates, 1 black and white illustration

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William Blake (1757-1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation Jan. 27 2002
Format:Paperback
I bought this book for a friend's birthday. At home, I read it through, soon experiencing the shameful thought that I wanted to keep it for myself. I didn't keep it, but I quickly found my own copy.
Fool that I am, I have never appreciated poetry much. This book opened my eyes. I write this review in the hope that someone may be encouraged to read it, and experience the wonder that it brought to me.
No words can do justice to these poems. I just marvel at how such seemingly simple compositions could contain so much meaning. Blake cuts straight to the spiritual essence of human existence. There are very few books that I could say have deepened my faith in God. This is one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Edition of Blake May 9 2001
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I was recently lucky to see the Gutenburg to Gone With the Wind Exhibit in Austin, Texas recently. At that marvelous exhibit I got to see one of Blake's original editions of Songs of Innocence. After that, I (of course) had to find a copy with the amazing poems and the amazing artwork by Blake. This edition satisfied both criteria well. First of all, the poems are brilliant. Everybody has read such works as "Little Boy Lost," "Little Boy Found," "The Shepherd," "The Lamb," and "The Tyger." These poems are just as good as they are made out to be. Each poem is excrutiatingly simple (in the style of children's verse), and each has such depth. The artwork is all in this edition, too, and it is fabulous. The colors are exactly like those of Blake's. I really think that the poems should never be read without Blake's engravings. This is a marvelous book for poetry lovers to own. It is high quality and affordable. Any fan of Blake's should own this book.
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William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience are both filled with amazing poetry. In Songs of Innocence, Blake reveals the true innocent and peaceful ways of a person's childhood. One of the most famous poems from this book is "The Lamb." This particular poem tells the story of a young boy asking an innocent lamb,"Who made thee?" "The Lamb" is religious and is very pleasant to read. Songs of Experience is a book filled with deceitful and cruel poems. The book's poems are based on the hardships of the "real" world. "The Tyger" is a famous poem from Songs of Experience. This is a contrary poem to "The Lamb." "The Tyger" also speaks of God the Creator of all things, but the poem has a dark theme and setting unlike "The Lamb." Songs of Innocence and Experience are two enjoyable works to read, and I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys poetry!
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William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience are both filled with amazing poetry. In Songs of Innocence, Blake reveals the true innocent and peaceful ways of a person's childhood. One of the most famous poems from this book is "The Lamb." This particular poem tells the story of a young boy asking an innocent lamb,"Who made thee?" "The Lamb" is religious and is very pleasant to read. Songs of Experience is a book filled with deceitful and cruel poems. The book's poems are based on the hardships of the "real" world. "The Tyger" is a famous poem from Songs of Experience. This is a contrary poem to "The Lamb." "The Tyger" also speaks of God the Creator of all things, but the poem has a dark theme and setting unlike "The Lamb." Songs of Innocence and Experience are two enjoyable works to read, and I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys poetry!
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