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Songs of Innocence and of Experience (Treasures from the Huntington Library) Hardcover – November 5, 2008
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I don’t completely understand why some people choose to take the classics, respect them for what they are on the shelf, and then shove them into a box in the back of the closet. I understand that some may feel the classics are a little over analyzed, but the more you read them, the more you comprehend them and the more you understand how very important they are in the grand scheme of the literary world.
Hence why I pulled my weathered copy of the illustrated version of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience from the shelf and attempted to decipher it for the ump-tenth time. Essentially, the book is a two-part collection of William Blake’s poems. The first section of poems contains sweet, childish poems written from the perspectives of either children, or adults speaking to children. Common repetitive elements include those of lambs, cherubs, and other sweet items, such as flowers, birds, or other small creatures. Totally contrary to the first sections, the experience section makes the innocence sections look like Justin Bieber in comparison to Marilyn Manson. Think sex, death, anger, murder, and betrayal. In short, Blake revolutionized the approachable concepts of poetry. His experience section is essentially a summary of the life and styles we find totally acceptable today. However, for it’s time, this was completely disgusting and unexplainable.
Part of the glory of this book comes from the way in which you read it. If you read it with the mindset of someone in the twenty-first century, this is nothing special and Fifty Shades of Gray did the whole screwed up relationships thing much better.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this edition because it gives you some blank pages and lots of space to take notes. It is great for notes.Published 10 months ago by Tonya A. Simons
Outstanding condition. Needed this to complete my set of The Hundred Greatest Books of All Time from The Franklin Library. Now, I need to find the time to read them. ; ))Published 12 months ago by Wayne
Classic, beautiful literature. A must have for any poetry lovers collection.Published 14 months ago by Gretchen Bates