Selected Poetry

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William Blake (1757-1827) was a poet of striking originality, whose poetic world of myth and mysticism continues to fascinate. This selection represents the full range of Blake's accomplishment as a poet, ranging from early Poetical Sketches to late lyrics, and including such major works as The Book of Thel, Songs of Innocence, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Visions of the Daughters of Albion, America, Songs of Experience, and Europe. The collection is chosen from the Oxford Authors critical edition, with ...
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Overview

William Blake (1757-1827) was a poet of striking originality, whose poetic world of myth and mysticism continues to fascinate. This selection represents the full range of Blake's accomplishment as a poet, ranging from early Poetical Sketches to late lyrics, and including such major works as The Book of Thel, Songs of Innocence, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Visions of the Daughters of Albion, America, Songs of Experience, and Europe. The collection is chosen from the Oxford Authors critical edition, with Michael Mason's introduction and notes providing the ideal guide to a remarkable oeuvre.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Excellent book for both undergraduate and graduate studies in English Romantic Poetry. The anthology is quite comprehensive and covers Blake's major poems. The book's Introduction is brilliant and the chronology of Blake's life is very helpful and informative."--M. Enamul Karim, Rockford College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199537532
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Mason is Senior Lecturer in English, University College, London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Lyrics from Poetical Sketches 1783 1
King Edward the Third 1783 10
Lyrics of c.1784 28
All Religions are One c.1788 34
There is No Natural Religion c.1788 35
Tiriel c.1789 37
From Blake's annotations to Swedenborg c.1789 51
The Book of Thel c.1789 51
Songs of Innocence 1789 56
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 1790 74
Visions of the Daughters of Albion 1793 86
America, a Prophecy 1793 95
Manuscript lyrics between Innocence and Experience 105
Songs of Experience 1793 117
Europe, a Prophecy 1794 130
From Blake's annotations to Boyd's Dante c.1800 138
'To my friend Butts' 1800 139
'With happiness stretched across the hills' 1802 141
Manuscript lyrics of the Felpham years 1800-1803 144
Milton 1804 extracts 161
Auguries of Innocence c.1804 173
Jerusalem 1804-18 extracts 176
The Everlasting Gospel c.1818 254
From Blake's annotations to Berkeley's Siris c.1820 264
Late Lyrics 265
Notes 270
Further Reading 304
Index of Titles and First Lines 305
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