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Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake New Ed Edition
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"To say it is a magnificent, extraordinary book is to praise it as it should be praised, but in doing so one gives little idea of the huge scope of the book and of its fiery understanding . Several great poets have written of Blake, but this book, I believe, is the first to show the full magnitude of Blake's mind, its vast creative thought." -- Edith Sitwell, 'The Spectator'
"According as we agree or disagree with Mr. Frye's contention we shall decide finally on the supremacy of his book. In following the structure of Blake's total vision and relating it to the thought of his age he has triumphantly carried out a task which, given the giant shape of the material, cannot help being immense. His cadences, by sheer explanatory devotion, approach the sonorities of Blake's own." -- 'Times Literary Supplement'
"Frye conducts his ambitious study with unflagging energy, great enthusiasm, and immense erudition." -- 'Poetry'
"An intelligent and beautifully written critical interpretation of the poetry and symbolic thought of William Blake..." -- 'New Yorker'
My opinion: Northrop Frye's literary criticism manages to shift the ground underfoot in the same rare way Blake's poetry does. Frye was the first to crack Blake's code, remove from him the labels of Mystic and Nutcase, and reveal him as a poet who systematically recreates the world. Frye taught Blake to Jesuits, Communist organizers, deans of women, and angry young poets.Read more ›
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Blake is a conundrum, but well worth studying with an open mind and a sense of wonder. This book supports one's journey and prompts one to read Blake's texts with a growing... Read morePublished 6 months ago by L. Letchford
I've wanted to know more about William Blake and this exploration digs deeply into his persona and his artforms...Published 8 months ago by Lynda G. Smith
A great book to last for a lifetime into eternity. Northrop Frye's perceptions are subtle and open the works of Blake and others in a way that is simply astonishing and like no... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Korky
First a bit of context: I am an intellectual, a longtime avid reader, and am used to sophisticated texts in French and English; I can also manage pretty well in Italian and... Read morePublished on August 10, 2014 by Josef K.
I read this book along with the complete works of William Blake. Was very good. Seems to be that I also read Bacon's essays around this time to get an idea of the opposition. Read morePublished on July 3, 2014 by Carl
as a critic, northrop frye is the complete critic...his blending of all of literature helps to lead in other directions...before you know it, you're off on another subject... Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by Annie
Best book of literary criticism in the English language. By far the best critical study of William Blake, who actually said what he
meant and meant what he said.