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Selected Poems

Selected Poems

by William Blake
     
 

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This selection contains, unusually, nearly all Blake's shorter engraved works, with an introduction, notes, selected criticism and chronology of Blake's life and times. This selection covers the whole range of his work, from the childlike simplicity of the 'Songs of Innocence, ' to extracts from prophetic poems like 'Milton' and 'Jerusalem, ' prose including 'The

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This selection contains, unusually, nearly all Blake's shorter engraved works, with an introduction, notes, selected criticism and chronology of Blake's life and times. This selection covers the whole range of his work, from the childlike simplicity of the 'Songs of Innocence, ' to extracts from prophetic poems like 'Milton' and 'Jerusalem, ' prose including 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140424461
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,127,465
Product dimensions:
5.07(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Read an Excerpt

The Clod and the Pebble

"Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a heaven in hell's despair."

So sung a little Clod of Clay,
Trodden with the cattle's feet,
But a Pebble of the brook
Warbled out these metres meet:

"Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another's loss of ease,
And builds a hell in heaven's despite."

Meet the Author

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" was Songs of Innocence in 1789. Blake's work over the next twenty years chart the refining of his ideas and beliefs, from a recognition of repression in Songs of Experience to his epic works Milton and Jerusalem whihc present a renewed vision of reconciliation between humanity.

G. E. Bentley, Jr., has taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Toronto and is an authority on Blake and his world.

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