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The Book of Urizen: A Facsimile in Full Color (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) Paperback – July 9, 1997

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The Book Of Urizen
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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The richly illuminated works of William Blake—poet, prophet, and artist—have fascinated readers since the late eighteenth century. In majestic verse illustrated with his own hand-colored plates, the poet explored profound and mystical themes, including the relationship between God and man and the concept of life as a journey toward spiritual self-knowledge.
One of Blake's most interesting and powerful creations, The Book of Urizen represents a parody of the book of Genesis, in which the righteous figure of God is replaced by that of Urizen, the "dark power" and obstacle to spiritual life. With "the voice of honest indignation," Blake compels readers to recognize and overcome their inner adversary in order to rise to higher levels of perception.
Incredibly beautiful in its combination of words and pictures, The Book of Urizen boasts some of Blake's most magnificent designs, rich in energy and monumental grandeur. For any lover of Blake, this edition represents an inexpensive opportunity to enjoy one of his finest works, including full-color reproductions of the poet's distinctive hand-colored plates and a printed transcription of the poem.
Dover (1997) unabridged republication of the plates from the facsimile edition published by The Trianon Press, Paris, for the William Blake Trust, London, 1958.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (July 9, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486298019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486298016
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blake's "The [First] Book of Urizen" is an incredible poetical and visual depiction of the rise of the flesh and the implications of being bound to our bodies. Particulalry interesting because the book manages to depict an occurance that, according to Blake himself, is impossible to describe. The use of the metaphorical tool of a mythology by the book comes as close as one could expect from a peice of writing to achieving this depiction (the rest, appropriately enough, is up to our imagination). It is this undertaking of what seems to be an impossible task (that of attempting to represent the metaphysical through the physical) that shows this poem's bravery.
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I was disappointed to find that this book is not "A Dover Book designed for years of use," like my old Dover copy of Songs of Innocence, which has a sewn binding and opens flat. This Book of Urizen will not open flat without breaking. The reproductions are very good, though.

I would like to see an edition of Blake with the text in the plates sharpened up so that we can actually read it. I wonder if anyone will ever dare to undertake that task.
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I have the same thing to say about the Urizen and the Marriage of Heaven and Hell facsimile. They are both worth the money. However the size of Blake's words are too small for reading. The addition of the work printed in the back is necessary.
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Good quality.
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