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Songs of Innocence and Experience (09 Edition)by William Blake
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This compact hardcover edition of William Blake's classic Songs of Innocence and of Experience is the perfect size for students and collectors of classic poetry. The lovely cover illustration shows a painting from Blake's era, the mid-1700's, and each page is designed as the author designed it centuries ago, in its handwritten text atop illustration.
Wiliam Blake, the artist, writer, and Romantic visionary who went largely unrecognized ruing his lifetime, is now hailed as one of Britain's greatest creative geniuses. The Songs of Innocence and of Experience contain some of Blake's best-loved poems and form a stirring, poignant reflection on the range of human experience from childhood to adulthood.
This edition reproduces the complete collection in the original illuminated manuscript form. The combination of text and image, sometimes tightly interwoven, is typical of Blake's remarkable, individual style, in which the artist and his creations form the bridge between poles of being, between innocence and experience.
The Songs of Innocence:
The Songs of Experience:
Songs of Innocence and Experience is a collection of William Blake's poems originally published in 1789.
Songs of Innocence and of Experience are Blake's most familiar poems. A few examples, such as The Tyger and The Chimney Sweeper, frequently appear in anthologies of English literature, in which the poems are often printed without Blake's evocative engravings. But Blake made collections of his Songs, first the Innocence group alone in 1789, and then Experience in 1794, combining the two in that year to make up a single volume.
This facsimile edition is based on a unique copy in the collection of the Huntington Library that shows how Blake used coloring style and pen and ink additions to make a unified book out of fifty-four individual engravings. Based on new digital photography, this edition also captures the designs and coloring as closely as possible. The plates are followed by a transcription of the poems.
Robert N. Essick's commentary includes a brief biography of Blake and interprets each poem in dialogue with the other Songs. Essick also explores the political and historical contexts of the poems. Newcomers to Blake will find a thorough grounding in his unusual art and language, while experts will encounter fresh discoveries.
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