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A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers Paperback – October 29, 1982
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Blake Tells The Tiger The Tale Of The Tailor
Blake's Wonderful Car Delivers Us Wonderfully Well
The King Of Cats Orders An Early Breakfast
The King Of Cats Sends A Postcard To His Wife
The Man In The Marmalade Hat Arrives
The Marmalade Man Makes A Dance To Mend Us
A Rabbit Reveals My Room
The Sun And Moon Circus Soothes The Wakeful Guests
The Tiger Asks Blake For A Bedtime Story
Two Sunflowers Move Into The Yellow Room
When We Come Home, Blake Calls For Fire
William Blake's Inn For Innocent And Experienced Travelers
The Wise Cow Enjoys A Cloud
The Wise Cow Makes Way, Room, And Believe
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder® --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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(Must add that I find the 2 star review below to be bizarre and incomprehensible. This is not intended to be William Blake, but poems written in homage to and in the spirit of the SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE. And in this the author succeeded superbly.)
The fanciful illustrations, featuring Russian Orthodox and Victorian architecture and recalling Da Vinci, Chagall (watch for the flying cow), and medieval manuscripts, are detailed and self-referential (without being overwhelming).
The imaginative drawings perfectly suit the richly imaged poetic content:
"The man in the marmalade hat bustled through all the rooms, and calling for dusters and brooms, he trundled the guests from their beds, badgers and hedgehogs and moles. Winter is over, my loves, he said. Come away from your hollows and holes."
There are strains of Emily Dickenson as well,"'Belief` shall be a boat having both feet and fins." But perhaps this sounds too literary and serious. This is, above all, a fun and creative book for all ages: Children and adults will find inspiration to free their own poetic and pictorial musings. There is much to explore here. A book you'll turn to and treasure for years to come!
Each poem has a rhyme scheme of sorts that make them sound clever, especially when read aloud. While each poem addresses a different topic, all the poems relate to each other collectively because they center on the comfortable and cozy William Blake's Inn. Every character and animal appears more than once throughout the book, and they stay at the inn.
One poem that stood out of my mind is entitled "The King of Cats Sends a Postcard to His Wife." The illustration of the poem shows the cat sitting at the breakfast table with William Blake. One part of postcard written by the "King of Cats" said: "Have you set the kittens free?/ Do they sometimes ask for me?/Is our catnip growing tall?/Did you patch the garden wall?" I thought this portion was interesting because it seems as though a cat away from home would be concerned about these sorts of things (if indeed cats possessed human qualities).
I would say that the illustrations are what maintained my interest throughout the book. Each illustration has yellow and tan hues, and some of the backgrounds evoke cartoon-like visions of London in William Blake's time. The illustrations are all very detailed, making it necessary to flip through the book more than once to fully appreciate them.
Although this book is designed for children, I would recommend this book to people of all ages. Although children would not understand the poems due to a somewhat difficult vocabulary, they will enjoy the wonderfully detailed illustrations and smooth rhyme of the poetry. Most adults would appreciate the book as well because of the excellent illustrations and magical poetry that A Visit to William Blake's Inn has to offer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nancy Willard, as we know, is a wizard of nuance. She knows William Blake well and gives us the perfect way to introduce him to young ones.Published 2 months ago by Gerard Furey
Like all of Dillard's work. This picture and poetry book is pretty well flawless. She calls this genre of one writer metaphysical stories. I can't think of a better descriptionPublished 3 months ago by R.A. MacAvoy
I'm an English Lit major, and this picture book actually really bugs me. It contains no William Blake poems (but for one snippet), and it really seems like there should be at least... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dione Basseri
The illustrations by husband-wife art team Martin and Alice Provensen are absolutely gorgeous. This book is some of my favorite work by these prolific and brilliant illustrators! Read morePublished 12 months ago by A. Johnson
The book is wonderful, definitely deserved its awards and medals. I do not recommend the kindle edition. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Thomas A. Rado, M.D.
Many ebook formats don't replicate or do justice to the printed version. But this one is an exception, and that's perfect for today's world. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Rob Natiuk
A magical book, and a wonderful experience of poetry and art for both children and adults. We've given it many times as a gift.Published 18 months ago by Cooper Tracy