- 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)
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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"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
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
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- 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.
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.
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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Seller claimed that there were no highlights or margin notes, there were a lot of margin notes written in, so the description was false. Read morePublished 1 month ago by joop
This volume was purchased to assist our Granddaughter in her A level studies and so far she has found it to be most useful.Published on 13 July 2013 by B. G. Rooke
I bought this second hand for my A2 English literature course. It came with minimal notes already in it, which was great! Also, Blake's poetry is brilliant. Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2012 by kee26