He was an independent and rebellious thinker, who abhorred pretension and falsity in others. His Songs of Innocence are products of this innocent imagination untainted by worldliness, while the Songs of Experience resulted from his feelings of indignation and pity for the suffering of mankind.
The Songs of Innocence and of Experience, containing some of Blake's finest and best-loved poems, are present here in the form which satisfied the high expectations of his poetic and artistic aspirations. The fifty-four plates which Blake originally etched and coloured by hand, are faithfully reproduced with the same delicacy and dimensions as the artist created them.
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About the Author
Robert N. Essick, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Riverside, is the author of numerous books on William Blake.
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"[A] beautiful book. . . . Represent[s] these works faithfully in all their splendid color and detail."The Bloomsbury Review
"A beautiful book that offers us both access to the text as originally intended and in-depth exegesis. . . . [An] essential book."Times Literary Supplement (Tls)
"An intellectual and critical gem."Blake: an Illustrated Quarterly
"Essick's volume . . . stands out for its gorgeous production values as well as detailed plate-by-plate commentary."Stds
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I ordered this book and was very disappointed: it only contained the transcripted poems. No pictures of the coloured plates, no commentaries and interpretations by Robert N. Essick. No Bibliography or Index either. Barnes and Noble descriptions shown with this books are clearly misleading and should be removed. This is a cheap edition of the poems only and is not worth purchasing. Some of the poems are very hard to understand without the proper historical context and explanations to the worldview of William Blake.