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Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience Hardcover – Facsimile, March 1, 2007
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Songs of Innocence and Experience: Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul, 1789-1794 (Worlds Classics) [Paperback] William Blake (Author, Illustrator), Sir Geoffrey Keynes (Introduction) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0192810898/ref=dp_proddesc_2?ie=UTF8&n=283155
Why post reviews of a book that the reviews are not for, on its own page? That is not only confusing, but misleading. The book I bought and received is the one with a portrait of Blake on the cover, and its ISBN is 97816119492998--which is not the ISBN posted in Amazon.com's Product Details section, as of June 1, 2012. Amazon lists it as xxxxxxxxxx2997.
There are NO illustrations in this edition. In fact, there isn't any publisher information beyond "Printed in the USA" on the bottom of the first page after the cover. I have not read this book, and am not familiar enough with Blake's work to be able to determine off the cuff if there are any errors or typos. I am assuming that if you only want the poetry of Songs of Innocence and Experience, than it is probably fine--and yes, most likely free of errors/typos.Read more ›
Blake is the foremost representative of the latter group--the bards (Milton was his hero; America's Ezra Pound his foremost descendant). Of all the so-called "Romantic" poets, he is in many respects the most atypical. Time, its passing, its presence as "personal memory," specific referents to particular places, the fleshing-out of human figures, whether upper or lower class--all this is of little interest to the visionary prophet written off as "crazy" during his life-time, eventually canonized by the Beatniks in the 1950s, and finally admitted to respectable academia. Earthly phenomena are of little interest to him because, frankly, they have no status in reality. I deliberately steer students away from his graphic art, because its symbolic nature is poorly understood by a generation brought up on images that glorify the material world (if the emphasis isn't on the "real," it's on the surreal or "hyper-real"--but the real with which today's readers identify is anything but the spiritual cosmos that Blake finds everywhere, whether a tiger or a grain of sand. (Pity his wife, who understandably had little patience with him.) More often than not, Blake's pictures nowadays detract from, rather than support, the poetry.Read more ›
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Blake's categories of "Innocence" and "Experience" are modes of perception that tend to coordinate with a chronology that would become standard in Romanticism:... Read morePublished 3 days ago by HH
I purchased this book as a text for my Classroom. I love having it right on my phone or tablet so I can share it with my students!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent collection of poets, by one of my favourties. The dover thrift edition is typical from that publisher, but at that price point I couldn't care less. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alexander Klein
If you like english poetry you have to read it, the contrast between both works (songs of innocence and experience) shows how great William Blake still is!Published 5 months ago by Yuri Vargas
This is not a review of the poems themselves, for who could do so? But the format deserves no stars. Read morePublished 9 months ago by drusilla sprague
very tiny, none of blake's art. s***ty production, for Dover.Published 12 months ago by John J. Gibbs