Songs of Innocence and Experience

Author: William Blake

Publisher: BookRix

ISBN: 3736802080

Category: Poetry

Page: 23

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Songs of Innocence and Experience is a collection of poems by William Blake in two phases. "Innocence" and "Experience" are definitions of consciousness that rethink Milton's existential-mythic states of "Paradise" and the "Fall." Blake's categories are modes of perception that tend to coordinate with a chronology that would become standard in Romanticism: childhood is a state of protected innocence rather than original sin, but not immune to the fallen world and its institutions. This world sometimes impinges on childhood itself, and in any event becomes known through "experience," a state of being marked by the loss of childhood vitality, by fear and inhibition, by social and political corruption, and by the manifold oppression of Church, State, and the ruling classes. The volume's "Contrary States" are sometimes signalled by patently repeated or contrasted titles: in Innocence, Infant Joy, in Experience, Infant Sorrow; in Innocence, The Lamb, in Experience, The Fly and The Tyger. The stark simplicity of poems such as The Chimney Sweeper and The Little Black Boy display Blake's acute sensibility to the realities of poverty and exploitation that accompanied the "dark satanic mills" of the Industrial Revolution'.

The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake

Author: William Blake,David V. Erdman,Harold Bloom

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520044739

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 990

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Critical commentary illuminating Blake's allusions and references accompanies the texts of his poetic and prose works.

A Visit to William Blake's Inn

Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers

Author: Nancy Willard

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547546319

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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Inspired by William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, this delightful collection of poetry for children brings to life Blake’s imaginary inn and its unusual guests.

SONGS OF EXPERIENCE (With Illuminated Manuscript)

Author: William Blake

Publisher: Musaicum Books

ISBN: 8027233208

Category: Art

Page: 15

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Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul (first published in 1794), an expansion of Blake's first illuminated book Songs of Innocence. The poems and artwork were reproduced by copperplate engraving and colored with washes by hand. Blake republished Songs of Innocence and Experience several times, often changing the number and order of the plates. The spellings, punctuation and capitalizations are those of the original Blake manuscripts. William Blake (1757 – 1827) was a British poet, painter, visionary mystic, and engraver, who illustrated and printed his own books. Blake proclaimed the supremacy of the imagination over the rationalism and materialism of the 18th-century. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.

Blake's Selected Poems

Author: William Blake

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048611418X

Category: Poetry

Page: 96

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Features 104 of Blake's poems: "A Song of Liberty," "The Argument," "Proverbs of Hell," "The Mental Traveller," "The Land of Dreams," "To the Evening Star" and many more.

The Portable Blake

Selected and Arranged with an Introduction by Alfred Kazin

Author: William Blake,Alfred Kazin

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140150261

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 713

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A collection of the poetry, prose, and art of the English mystic, accompanied by a biographical sketch

William Blake

Author: William Blake,Cathy Leahy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780724103805

Category: Artists

Page: 111

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William Blake was one of the most significant figures of the Romantic era. An artist and poet of outstanding originality, Blake's work gave powerful expression to his own visionary universe, as well as to those of authors such as Milton and Dante. Imagination was of paramount importance to Blake: he believed art must proceed from inner visions and not from the empirical observation of nature. Sumptuously illustrated, this beautiful volume presents the National Gallery of Victoria's Blake holdings, which include illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy, Milton's Paradise Lost and The Book of Job, among other works. It celebrates a creative genius who, through his watercolours, prints and illustrated books, created some of the most compelling and original works of his time. A special pictorial volume with a focus on the NGV's rich holdings of William Blake's work. Features scholarly text by the NGV's Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, Cathy Leahy. Includes beautiful full reproductions and details of William Blake's remarkable work. Published to coincide with the exhibition to be held at NGV International, 4 April - 31 August 2014.

Blake's Poetry and Designs

Author: William Blake

Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated

ISBN: 9780393924985

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 628

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A collection of poems, prose, notebooks, marginalia, and letters by William Blake, accompanied by critical commentaries of selected works.


Author: William Blake

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0525434852

Category: Poetry

Page: 192

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William Blake is one of England’s most fascinating writers; he was not only a groundbreaking poet, but also a painter, engraver, radical, and mystic. Although Blake was dismissed as an eccentric by his contemporaries, his powerful and richly symbolic poetry has been a fertile source of inspiration to the many writers and artists who have followed in his footsteps. In this collection Patti Smith brings together her personal favorites of Blake’s poems, including the complete Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, to give a singular picture of this unique genius, whom she calls in her moving introduction “the spiritual ancestor” of generations of poets.

William Blake - Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Author: Sarah Haggarty,Jon Mee

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137382457

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1794) is William Blake's best-known work, containing such familiar poems as 'London', 'Sick Rose' and 'The Tyger'. Evolving over the author's lifetime, the collection was printed by Blake himself on his own press. This Reader's Guide: • explains the unique development of Songs as an illuminated book • considers the earliest reactions to the text during Blake's lifetime, and his gathering posthumous reputation in the nineteenth century • explores modern critical approaches and recent debates • discusses key topics that have been of abiding interest to critics, including the relationship between text and image in Blake's 'composite art'. Insightful and stimulating, this introductory guide is an invaluable resource for anyone who is seeking to navigate their way through the mass of criticism surrounding Blake's most widely-studied work.

Songs of Innocence and of Experience, William Blake

Author: David Punter

Publisher: Pearson York Notes

ISBN: 9780582784338


Page: 112

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'York Notes Advanced' offer an accessible approach to English Literature. This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, 'York Notes Advanced' introduce students to sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

Life of William Blake

With Selections from His Poems and Other Writings

Author: Alexander Gilchrist

Publisher: N.A


Category: Artists

Page: N.A

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Songs of Experience

Modern American and European Variations on a Universal Theme

Author: Martin Jay

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520248236

Category: History

Page: 431

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"Martin Jay is one of the most influential intellectual historians in contemporary America, and here he shows once again a willingness to tackle the 'big issues' in the Western cultural tradition…. A remarkable history of ideas about the nature of human experience."—Lloyd Kramer, author of Threshold of a New World "A magisterial study of one of the most elusive, contested, and pervasively important concepts of the Western philosophical tradition. Ranging from epistemology and aesthetics to the philosophy of history, religion, and politics, Songs of Experience brilliantly traces the major lines of theory and debate. Insightful, rich, and masterfully narrated, Jay's book sings with that well-tempered voice of erudition, synthetic intelligence, and generous grace that has become his enviable trademark."—Richard Shusterman, author of Pragmatist Aesthetics "This illuminating, provocative volume consolidates Martin Jay's standing as our leading modern intellectual historian. Ranging sure-footedly from ancient to postmodern discourse, Jay offers finely balanced readings of thinkers who have wrestled with the elusive concept of experience. Because Jay respects—and presents so clearly and sympathetically—positions different from his own, Songs of Experience gives readers the resources necessary to embrace or resist his own bold interpretations of philosophers from Kant and Burke through Dilthey and Dewey to Foucault and Rorty. This book will prove as indispensable to intellectual historians as the idea of experience itself."—James T. Kloppenberg, author of The Virtues of Liberalism

William Blake's Poetry

Author: Jonathan Roberts

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441182276

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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Reader's Guides provide a comprehensive starting point for any advanced student, giving an overview of the context, criticism and influence of key works. Each guide also offers students fresh critical insights and provides a practical introduction to close reading and to analysing literary language and form. They provide up-to-date, authoritative but accessible guides to the most commonly studied classic texts. William Blake is a Romantic poet who remains popular today, in part because his exceptional insight into psychological, political and social issues remains powerfully relevant. The Reader's Guide begins by introducing Blake's major themes including religious, political and social issues and then moves on to reading key works, including Songs of Innocence and Experience and The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. It offers an invaluable introduction to reading Blake's poetry and includes sections on its contexts, language and style, critical reception and adaptation and influence and finally an annotated guide to further reading./span

Delphi Complete Works of William Blake (Illustrated)

Author: William Blake

Publisher: Delphi Classics

ISBN: 1908909749

Category: Fiction

Page: 3491

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The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature's finest poets, with superior formatting. This monumental volume presents for the first time ever the complete works of William Blake, featuring all of the poetry and the entire corpus of engravings and paintings, as well as the usual Delphi bonus material. (58MB Version 1) Please visit to browse through our range of exciting titles * Beautifully illustrated with numerous images relating to Blake's life and works * Concise introductions to the poetry and other works * Images of how the poetry books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts * Excellent formatting of the poems * Famous poetry collections like SONGS OF INNOCENCE are fully illustrated with the text * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry * Easily locate the poems you want to read * Includes a special 'Plates' section with Blake's complete engravings, paintings and illustrations - spend hours exploring Blake's artistic genius in over 1,100 images! * Features two biographies - discover Blake's literary life * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres CONTENTS: The Poetry and Prose Books POETICAL SKETCHES AN ISLAND IN THE MOON ALL RELIGIONS ARE ONE THERE IS NO NATURAL RELIGION TIRIEL SONGS OF INNOCENCE THE BOOK OF THEL THE MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN AND HELL THE FRENCH REVOLUTION VISIONS OF THE DAUGHTERS OF ALBION AMERICA A PROPHECY EUROPE A PROPHECY THE FIRST BOOK OF URIZEN SONGS OF EXPERIENCE THE BOOK OF LOS THE SONG OF LOS THE BOOK OF AHANIA THE FOUR ZOAS MILTON A POEM JERUSALEM: THE EMANATION OF THE GIANT ALBION SONGS AND BALLADS FROM BLAKE'S NOTEBOOK (1793) SATIRIC VERSES AND EPIGRAMS FROM BLAKE'S NOTEBOOK UNCOLLECTED WORKS The Poems LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER The Plates CATALOGUE OF VISUAL WORKS The Biographies WILLIAM BLAKE by Irene Langridge WILLIAM BLAKE by Charles Gardner