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on 23 March 2012
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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on 16 May 2003
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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on 28 June 2001
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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on 19 February 2014
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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on 11 August 2009
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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on 7 January 2016
Seller claimed that there were no highlights or margin notes, there were a lot of margin notes written in, so the description was false. This was a present so unfortunately not as well received as hoped.
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on 30 October 2012
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. I recommend this edition for the A Level course.
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on 24 June 2012
Most reasonable, arrived most promptly, packaged well, not a single notation of error. MInor blemishes in pencil nbut nothing unanticipated. I was most pleased and would purchase a product woth you again.
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on 25 September 2010
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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on 24 October 2009
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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