The Complete Poems

Paperback | March 30, 1978

byWilliam BlakeEditorAlicia Ostriker

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One of the great Enlgish Romantic poets, William Blake was also an artist, mystic, and visionary. His work ranges from the deceptively simple and lyrical Songs of Innocence and their counterpoint Experience—which juxtapose poems such as "The Lamb" and "The Tyger," and "The Blossom" and "The Sick Rose"—to highly elaborate, apocalyptic works, such as The Four Zoas, Milton and Jerusalem. Throughout his life Blake drew on a rich heritage of philosophy, religion and myth, to create a poetic worlds illuminated by his spiritual and revolutionary beliefs that have fascinated, intrigued and enchanted readers for generations.

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What's preventing you from writing poetry that applies to generations of readers after your death? Perhaps you need to deal with universal problems that occupy every human being's thoughts - much like William Blake did. Whether he's talking about the role of power, the importance of sexuality, the vagaries of morality or the healing as...

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One of the great Enlgish Romantic poets, William Blake was also an artist, mystic, and visionary. His work ranges from the deceptively simple and lyrical Songs of Innocence and their counterpoint Experience—which juxtapose poems such as "The Lamb" and "The Tyger," and "The Blossom" and "The Sick Rose"—to highly elaborate, apocalyptic w...

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William Blake is the rebel par excellence of English poetry. The personal issues with which he wrestled seemed to him to be also the salient problems of human life. They include questions of the proper place of intellectual control in the personality, the place of impulse, the relations between authority and those it controls (and ther...

William Blake (1757-1827) was the son of a London hosier. Having attended Henry Parr's drawing school, he was apprenticed as an engraver to the Society of Antiquaries in 1772 and later was admitted to teh Royal Academy. He married in 1782 and published his first work, Poetical Sketches, in 1783. The first of his "illuminated books" w...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1072 pages, 7.76 × 5.05 × 1.92 inPublished:March 30, 1978Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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Table of Contents

The Complete PoemsPreface
Table of Dates
Further Reading
The Poems

Poetical Sketches
Miscellaneous Poems
King Edward the Third
Dramatic Fragments
Poems Written in a Copy of Poetical Sketches

Songs from "An Island in the Moon"
There is No Natural Religion [a, b]
All Religions Are One
The Book of Thel
Tiriel
Songs of Innocence and of Experience
Songs of Innocence
Songs of Experience

Notebook Poems and Fragments, c. 1789-93
The French Revolution
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
A Song of Liberty

Visions of the Daughters of Albion
America
Europe
The Song of Los
Africa
Asia

The Book of Urizen
The Book of Ahania
The Book of Los
Vala, or The Four Zoas
Notes Written on the Pages of The Four Zoas
Additional Fragments

Three Poems, ?c. 1800
Poems from Letters
Notebook Poems, c. 1800-1806
Poems from the Pickering Manuscript
Milton
Dedication to Blake's Illustrations to Blair's Grave
Notebook Epigrams and Satiric Verses, c. 1808-12
Miscellaneous Verses and Epigrams
Verse from the Marginalia to Reynolds's Discourses
Verse from the Advertisement to Blake's Exhibition of Paintings, 1809
Epigrams from A Descriptive Catalogue
Epigrams from "Public Address"

Jerusalem
The Everlasting Gospel
For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise
The Ghost of Abel

Notes
Dictionary of Proper Names
Note to the Indexes
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines

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What's preventing you from writing poetry that applies to generations of readers after your death? Perhaps you need to deal with universal problems that occupy every human being's thoughts - much like William Blake did. Whether he's talking about the role of power, the importance of sexuality, the vagaries of morality or the healing aspects of forgiveness, he knows exactly what consumes our imaginations. But more than just apt topics, The Complete Poems demonstrates Blake's mastery of language and a thorough understanding of natural cadence that makes his words stay with you forever.