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The Illuminated Books of William Blake, Volume 2: Songs of Innocence and of Experience: Songs of Innocence and of Experience v. 2 Paperback – 4 Dec 1994

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Product details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; New Ed edition (4 Dec. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691037906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691037905
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 1.8 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,368,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Blake's polarities as poet and artist are ... directly revealed. The illustrative ingenuousness and sweetness of Songs belie the explosive lyricism that girds these poems."--Leonard Baskin, The Washington Times



"Part of the pleasure of this lovely volume results from Andrew Lincoln's intel-ligent introduction and commentary.... But the greatest pleasure by far is the color reproduction itself.... One of the most beautiful and finely finished copies we have."--Irene Tayler, Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly



"It is a very strong light indeed that comes from these quarto volumes. They reproduce, plate by plate, Blake's hand-lettered verses and colored illustrations. . . . These illuminated books, masterpieces of the book maker's art, answer critical questions, especially about the poet's late, recondite allegories. They remind the poetry scholar that his Blake was first a visual artist, indebted to Raphael and Michelangelo, and second a writer beholden to Spenser and Milton. . . . The greatest contribution of the Princeton facsimiles is that they have made Milton and Jerusalem accessible in the only form Blake ever wished to present them."--Daniel Mark Epstein, New Criterion

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Robert N. Essick, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Riverside, is the author of numerous books on William Blake. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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BLAKE'S process of illuminated printing frequently transforms the punctuation etched on the plates: commas become full stops, semicolons become colons, etc. Read the first page
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Format: Paperback
First of all, let me say I'm a fan of Blake, so no book containing his poetry will get a truly awful mark. However, this book comes with a fair few caveats:

- There are errors. Typos and layout issues, like others have said. I've used this in a degree-level course and found it difficult to navigate.
- There's none of Blake's artwork. To really appreciate quite a few of his poems, they need to be read as part of the images that surround them or much if not all of the meaning is lost.
- Many assertions (such as Burke's 'swinish multitude' quote being linked to 'The Tyger') are unreferenced, so there's no chance for further study.

If you're looking for a Key Stage Three study guide to Blake, this is excellent. It provides key themes such as 'motherhood' or 'despair' and provides a way into some poems (such as 'The SIck Rose'), but would be vastly improved with image analysis too, as the explanations given rarely mention the art.

So, if you're doing Blake at secondary school or A Level, and are seriously struggling: give this book a try, but try to avoid quoting it.
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Rating a book like this is like rating the poems themselves, which i am incapable of.

Language-art experts already have recognised William Blake's poems as something extraordinary.

This 2 sets of poems compares the naiveness of being young (songs of innocent) with the way you see things when you grow older (songs of experience). Most poems thus have their counterparts, such as the LAMB vs THE TIGER. Trully unique work of art.
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Used it in year 13 for literature. Would reccomend buying a used copy then you might get someones notes ;) some lovely poems, great for studying.
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Interesting poems to compare and contrast - definitely a must for any literature student. Moreover, if you're interested in the different movements, as Blake was a key figure in bringing Romanticism into poetry.
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Blake the poet or Blake the artist? The two are inseparable, and this book combines the two sides to his genius by having the Songs and their colour plates side by side. Blake's longing for reform stands out a mile within the pages, particularly in his most powerful poem 'London'. Poetry has never been the most popular with lovers of literature, but this is a worthy exception.
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This edition is full of mistakes and typos and does not contain Blake's illustrations. It is not the edition shown under "search inside". Instead, it appears to be a collection of bound computer printouts, hastily compiled in an afternoon from half-remembered versions of the poems. Even the cover page has a print fault. It is worth paying more for a typo-free edition that does not refer to "The Sick Rose" as "The Sisk Rose" and "The Tyger" as "The Tiger". AVOID.
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This editions does NOT contain the original illustrations and is very poorly laid out. It also does not match the 'look inside' feature in the description which also indicates the original edition including Blake's artwork and an added introduction. - £3.99 isn't a lot of money but I feel ripped off.

Unless you want a simple text version of the poems with plenty of white space to make notes I'd look around for an illustrated version especially as Blake was as renouned as a fine-art printer as much as a poet.
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was looking forward to receiving this book, but was really appalled at the dreadfull way the book has been printed, in places it is absolutely illegible so it is a complete waste of money, dont buy this item go for a better option
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