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Songs of Innocence and of Experience (Treasures from the Huntington Library) Hardcover – November 5, 2008

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“[A] beautiful book. . . . Represent[s] these works faithfully in all their splendid color and detail.”
(The Bloomsbury Review 2009-03-01)

“A beautiful book that offers us both access to the text as originally intended and in-depth exegesis. . . . [An] essential book.”
(Times Literary Supplement (TLS) 2009-05-15)

“An intellectual and critical gem.”
(Blake: An Illustrated Qtly 2012-07-19)

"Essick's volume . . . stands out for its gorgeous production values as well as detailed plate-by-plate commentary."
(Stds In English Literature (Sel) 2011-03-04)

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Imaged from The Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection, Library of Congress --This text refers to the CD-ROM edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Treasures from the Huntington Library
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Huntington Library Press; 1 edition (November 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873282361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873282369
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,180,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This review is only for the specific Filiquarian Publishing edition. Not sure I understand, but I bought the hardcover edition after reading reviews mentioning Blake's art and six-color printing. The book I received has only black and white text and no images. Not what I expected at all.
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I order the first for my grand-daughter. Now I have 2 more I need to order for the other two grandchildren! A perfect book for children! The pictures alone are entrancing to my 4 1/2 yr. old granddaughter. The poems are wonderful for me, and as I explain them to her as I read them it provides a wonderful opportunity to teach lessons and to spend quality time together. Such a treasure!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic book with virtually life-size reproductions of the poems. Blake was not just a great poet but an equally great artist and visionary. This book pulls all three together and enhances the experience of reading the poems. The colours are strong and vibrant and this book is required reading in my view for every artist. His fantasy and execution are of the highest order and the reproductions match the quality of the originals.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Beware! If you order this, you're ordering the Filiquarian edition, which is poorly printed, oddly laid out, and contains typos. It has NO illustrations. Amazon is mixing in a lot of reviews of other editions---which is either sloppy or dishonest.
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Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake

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.
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Like another reviewer, the book I received had no illustrations- which was the reason I ordered this book. Very disappointing. I will seek a different version of this book.
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