The Complete Poems

The Complete Poems

Paperback Penguin English Poets

By (author) William Blake, Edited by Alicia Ostriker

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 1072 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 50mm | 739g
  • Publication date: 30 March 1978
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140422153
  • ISBN 13: 9780140422153
  • Illustrations note: bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 49,028

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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 illuminated by his spiritual and revolutionary beliefs that have fascinated, intrigued and enchanted readers for generations.

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William Blake (1757 - 1827) was the son of a London hosier. Having attended Henry Parr's drawing school, he was apprenticed as an engraver to the Society of Antiquaries in 1772 and later was admitted to teh Royal Academy. He married in 1782 and published his first work, Poetical Sketches, in 1783. The first of his 'illuminated books' was Songs of Innocence in 1789. Blake's work over the next twenty years chart the refining of his ideas and beliefs, from a recognition of repression in Songs of Experience to his epic works Milton and Jerusalem whihc present a renewed vision of reconciliation between humanity. Alicia Ostriker is Professor of English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA.

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This volume contains all Blake's poetry with full annotation and a glossary of proper names.

Table of contents

The Complete PoemsPreface Table of Dates Further Reading The PoemsPoetical Sketches Miscellaneous Poems King Edward the Third Dramatic Fragments Poems Written in a Copy of Poetical Sketches Songs from "An Island in the Moon" There is No Natural Religion [a, b] All Religions Are One The Book of Thel Tiriel Songs of Innocence and of Experience Songs of Innocence Songs of Experience Notebook Poems and Fragments, c. 1789-93 The French Revolution The Marriage of Heaven and Hell A Song of Liberty Visions of the Daughters of Albion America Europe The Song of Los Africa Asia The Book of Urizen The Book of Ahania The Book of Los Vala, or The Four Zoas Notes Written on the Pages of The Four Zoas Additional Fragments Three Poems, ?c. 1800 Poems from Letters Notebook Poems, c. 1800-1806 Poems from the Pickering Manuscript Milton Dedication to Blake's Illustrations to Blair's Grave Notebook Epigrams and Satiric Verses, c. 1808-12 Miscellaneous Verses and Epigrams Verse from the Marginalia to Reynolds's Discourses Verse from the Advertisement to Blake's Exhibition of Paintings, 1809 Epigrams from A Descriptive Catalogue Epigrams from "Public Address" Jerusalem The Everlasting Gospel For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise The Ghost of Abel Notes Dictionary of Proper Names Note to the Indexes Index of Titles Index of First Lines