An Island in the Moon

An Island in the Moon

by William Blake, Edwin J. Ellis

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The incomplete manuscript known as "An Island in the Moon" has been described as "a somewhat incoherent and pointless precursor of the "Headlong Hall" type of novel." Intended to satirise the members of Mrs. Mathew's learned coterie, its offence against decency would be inexpiable were it not almost certain that no eye but Blake's ever saw it in his lifetime. As literature, the work has little value, except that it contains drafts of three of the "Songs of Innocence", as well as the quaint little "Song of Phebe and Jellicoe." The satirical verse is generally coarse and noisy, and but effectual, though the piece "When Old Corruption First Begun" is powerful in an unpleasant way. The prose has the faults of the verse, being too high-pitched and a bit uncontrolled to give penetrative power to the caricature of a learned circle such as Blake had known at Mrs. Mathew's. It contains, however, an interesting, though, unfortunately, incomplete, account of the process adopted later for producing the engraved books. There are also indications of antipathies which were afterwards developed in the "prophetic" books, notably a contempt for experimental science and "rational philosophy."

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BN ID: 2940013377011
Publisher: OGB
Publication date: 09/15/2011
Series: The Real Blake , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 497 KB

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