Blake: The Complete Poems3rd Edition
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Blake is undoubtedly one of the greatest lyricists in English poetry, yet his work is often complex and obscure. Many readers will be unfamiliar with the various political, social, religious, artistic, academic and literary issues that dominated Blakes time. Alongside his involvement in radical politics Blake was fascinated by popular unscientific conjecture about the history of the British people after the Flood. Influenced by contemporary issues and long-forgotten fads, was often infused with an anger that was the product of personal arguments. Consequently, the style of Blake's narrative verse is not always easy to appreciate.
This, the second edition of the acclaimed Blake: The Complete Poems, remains unrivalled for the basic and detailed information it provides for interpreting the poems. The text is clear with a minimum of the 'turned' lines that make Blake's narratives so awkward to read.
This new edition will be illustrated in full colour with some of Blakes visionary paintings and designs, in order to highlight to readers the full breadth of Blakes genius. The inclusion of these plates sets this volume apart from all other editions.
List of Illustrations vii
Note by the General Editor ix
Chronological Table of the Life and Work of William Blake xv
1 Poetical Sketches3
2 Poems written in a copy of Poetical Sketches 40
3 Songs from An Islandin the Moon 41
4 All Religions are One and There is No Natural Religion
5 Songs of Innocence 53
6 Tiriel 74
7 Thel 93
8 The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 101
9 The French Revolution 124
10 A Divine Image 143
11 Poems from the Notebook, c. 17912 143
12 Visions of the Daughters of Albion 172
14 Songs of Experience 208
15 Europe 223
16 The Song of Los 241
17 The First Book of Urizen 248
18 The Book of Ahania 269
19 The Book of Los 278
20 Versus written with illustrations to Grays Poems 285
21 Verses written c. 17981802 286
22 Vala, or The Four Zoas 287
23 When Klopstock Englanddefied 469
24 Poems in letters (1800) 470
25 On the Virginity of the Virgin Mary and Joanna Southcott 474
26 Poems to Mr. & Mrs. Butts 475
27 Notebook drafts, c. 1804 478
28 Milton 487
29 The PickeringManuscript 580
30 To Tirzah 594
31 A fairy skipd 595
32 Grown old in love 596
33 To the Queen 596
34 Miscellaneous Notebook Verses, c. 18079 597
35 Miscellaneous Verses, 180912 608
36 Jerusalem, the Emanation of the Giant Albion 623
37 For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise 849
38 The Everlasting Gospel 853
39 The Ghost of Abel 869
Appendix: Doubtful and Spurious Attributions 873
Index of Titles and First Lines 876
Index to Notes 886
Index to Prose Quotations
- Best available scholarly edition of Blake.
- Unrivalled for the basic and detailed information it provides for interpreting the poems. The text is clear with a minimum of the 'turned' lines that make Blake's narratives so awkward to read.
- Illustrated in full colour with some of Blakes visionary paintings and designs, in order to highlight to readers the full breadth of Blakes genius. The inclusion of these plates sets this volume apart from all other editions.
W. H. Stevenson is retired Professor of English at Calabar University, Nigeria.
"Blake is for strong minds...but not to have read him is to have missed one of the most rewarding experiences in English literature; and this is by far the best book to read him in." Victor Price, BBC
"All in all, the Stevenson text surpasses its predecessors in its lucid comprehensibility and should win a wide number of readers." Times Literary Supplement
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