Selected Poems of William Blake

Selected Poems of William Blake William Blake was an engraver painter and visionary mystic as well as one of the most revolutionary of the Romantic poets His writing attracted the astonished admiration of authors as diverse as Word

  • Title: Selected Poems of William Blake
  • Author: William Blake
  • ISBN: 9781853264528
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • William Blake was an engraver, painter and visionary mystic as well as one of the most revolutionary of the Romantic poets His writing attracted the astonished admiration of authors as diverse as Wordsworth, Ruskin, W.B.Yeats, and recently beat poet Allen Ginsberg and the flower power generation He is one of England s most original artists whose works aim to liberWilliam Blake was an engraver, painter and visionary mystic as well as one of the most revolutionary of the Romantic poets His writing attracted the astonished admiration of authors as diverse as Wordsworth, Ruskin, W.B.Yeats, and recently beat poet Allen Ginsberg and the flower power generation He is one of England s most original artists whose works aim to liberate imaginative energies and subvert the mind forged manacles of restriction.This volume contains many of his writings, including Songs of Innocence , Songs of Experience , The Marriage of Heaven and Hell , and a generous selection from the Prophetic Books including Milton and Jerusalem.

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    1. Okay, so I read this, and am afraid that it brought me to the conclusion that Blake is overrated But glad to have read him, and there were some striking lines Okay, so it was worth it.

    2. I ve never been big on poetry I like action, and poetry requires way to much thinking I do, however, appreciate the magic of language, so I can appreciate a cleverly written poem here and there.This was a real mixed bag I loved the crazy stuff the ones where there was action a story, and clear characters I enjoyed the ones where I understood what was happening There were some moments that caught me off guard because of a sudden grisly reveal or unexpected statement I also really liked the animal [...]

    3. Blake for me is a good poet with some thought provoking words Some poetry of his is a bit too religious for me, but this is a good selection overall.

    4. Moments of brilliance amongst confusion Definitely recommended.

    5. I enjoyed Songs of Innocence and Experience as well as a few pieces at the beginning One poem in particular Little Lamb would be perfect framed in a baby s room But the last set of poems were just too religious for my taste I have a feeling Blake may have debated with CS Lewis That would have been interesting to witness.

    6. In sober style you hail the coming of the seasons And decry foul crimes that twist man s reasonWith dewy locks and flames, shade and silent decay With cages and jails to trap our mortal clay At times through long stanzas you make us plod Through epics of tyrants and the lands they trod Others your sprightly lines leap and bound Longing for the past and its mellow soundYou sing the praises of gratified desire And bodies burning with everlasting fire You scorn and mock the holy writ Each time you [...]

    7. William Blake name, which I first read in Red Dragon.Red DragonUnfortunately it was a reference full with violence and madness, so I thought this author must be completely out of my liking, but then again reading biographic introduction about Kahlil Gibran, it was mentioned that Blake has been great influence My curiosity was raised So I decided to try things out.Right now I m pleased I did Although it was a challenge to read poetry in 19th century s English, it was worth it There were pieces, w [...]

    8. I love this kid I memorized Pretty Rose Tree when I was younger because it s important to know exactly one poem by heart, and that seemed like a good one That was before I read the Auguries of Innocence sober It is right and should be so Man was made for Joy Woe,And when this we rightly know,Thro the World we safely go I m not a big poetry guy, but I m an enormous existentialism guy and that s a damn succinct encapsulation of being human I plan to use this therapeutically and philosophically whe [...]

    9. Well, William Blake week has come to an end Although I had already been a fan of Blake for a long time, I had never read a large body of his work, so my impression of his work was definitely changed by the experience I discovered how his body of work is quite philosophical and political, which brought me to respect his work in a whole new way Among the philosophical poems that I found particularly moving are The Fly and the particularly simple but poignant Epiphany He who binds to himself a joy [...]

    10. It s hard to really find a good introductory book to Blake I think, because his body of work is fairly difficult to get into To be frank, I often felt like I needed a map and compass to find my way through his epic poems But what imagery And what a world he had created I much preferred his shorter poems, as they were accessible to me Among my favorites were On Another s Sorrow, Grown Old in Love, How to know Love from Deceit, The Garden of Love, A Poison Tree, and A Divine Image One failing of [...]

    11. This is the first time that I have read a book of poems and I have to say so far this is not my cup of tea Maybe I can blame this solely on Blake, I ll have to hold back judgement on that until I have read other poems I plan on reading Tennyson next, and I also have a book with German poetry sitting on my shelves so maybe it s just Blake that I don t get and not poetry itself In the entire book there was only one poem that I liked I didn t care for most and some I abandoned half way through e.g [...]

    12. Blake is a singularity He speaks of lions lying down with lambs and the immolation of a little boy in almost the same breath The poems from Songs of Innocence are his most memorable because they capture the spirit of joy better than any poetry I know His later work is reddened with the glint of ferocious zeal, and there is something truly terrifying about the Tyger tyger burning bright in the forests of the night and the old woman who nails a boy to a rock and grows young as he grows old, catchi [...]

    13. I was angry with my friend I told my wrath, my wrath did end.I was angry with my foe I told it not, my wrath did grow And I waterd it in fears,Night morning with my tears And I sunned it with smiles,And with soft deceitful wiles And it grew both day and night Till it bore an apple bright And my foe beheld it shine,And he knew that it was mine And into my garden stole, When the night had veild the pole In the morning glad I see My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

    14. Some lovely tidbits and interesting poems Not as earth shattering as I have been led to believe Of course, to fully appreciate would require a scholarly book or a course in Blake Having neither of those and on my own, my appreciation is greatly dimmed Nevertheless, I gleaned than enough to make the read worth my time.One observation Blake seems to disdain religion in his youth and become much religious as he ages, an all too familiar phenonomen.

    15. An easy introductory text to the work of Blake Vaughn s short essay bio is concise without being cursory, and the captions for the plates are informative, insightful, and accessible The selection of plates is good, as is their reproduction quality, although with a selection of only 40 plates with which to represent Blake s oeuvre, I would have left out a few of the unfinished pieces for Dante s Commedia and included other work.

    16. With Blake it s still the short poems that I like best Is there anything in the English language sublime than the Songs of Innocence and of Experience Vaughan Williams made an exquisite setting of them.

    17. Blake, the dark angel of poetry With his amazing dark thoughts mixed with the beauty of nature and fancies from heaven and hell.I cant favor a poem over the otherI cant believe he wrote them back in the 1790s It feels like he is a spirit from past with this scarlet and sophisticated language who came to write about now days

    18. Personally, my most cherished British poet The perpetually up to date, inspirational, introspective, buoyant, non conformist, mentally revolutional Blake with dark,wry humour and meaningful allusions, as well as with a distinct and singular wit Joyous exaltation

    19. Qualche anno fa l avevo abbandonato, ma ora ritrovandolo mentre sistemavo i libri per il trasloco ho scoperto che invece non cos male certo una poesia visionaria ed ironica, per , ha un suo fascino

    20. He who binds to himself a joyDoth the winged life destroyBut he who kisses the joy as it fliesLives in eternitys sun riseYou never know what is enough unless you know what is then enough.Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained

    21. The master He could speak to all the dead greats and put it back into his own art Read this and expand your brain.

    22. If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.

    23. whenever sufferingEnglish poets are the best

    24. Don t get this edition Not having the pictures is so frustrating.But, boy, Blake is crazy it s all very exciting.

    25. Not terrible, but very into dichotomies and the fair sex.

    26. William Blake s work is incredible This book includes one of my favorite poems of all time, The Tyger.

    27. just Beautiful, the emotions this book contains are indescribable Loved reading it.

    28. He who binds to himself a joyDoes the winged life destroy But he who kisses the joy as it fliesLives in eternity s sun rise.

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