The Complete Writings of William Blake: With Variant Readings

Oxford University Press, 1966 - 944 Seiten
This text, edited with notes by Sir Geoffrey Keynes, was first published in 1957 to mark the bicentenary of Blake's birth. It is now reprinted in an improved form with corrections, and with additions derived from further readings of deleted words and passages introduced without change of line or page numbering. This text contains almost all Blake's substantive variants. A small amount of new material is added in a supplement, including some notes in Blake's hand (c. 1819) recently found in a sketchbook used by John Varley. -- From publisher's description.

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Blake defies categories. His best poems (and brief sayings, I would add) have a permanent place in world literature. Five stars for those. Vollständige Rezension lesen


Miscellaneous Poems I
King Edward the Third
Prologue to King Edward the Fourth

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William Blake's poems, prophecies, and engravings represent his strong vision and voice for rebellion against orthodoxy and all forms of repression. Born in London in November 1757; his father, a hosier of limited means, could do little for the boy's education. However, when the young Blake's talent for design became apparent, his wise father sent him to drawing school at the age of 10. In 1771 Blake was apprenticed to an engraver. Blake went on to develop his own technique, a method he claimed that came to him in a vision of his deceased younger brother. In this, as in so many other areas of his life, Blake was an iconoclast; his blend of printing and engraving gave his works a unique and striking illumination. Blake joined with other young men in support of the Revolutions in France and America. He also lived his own revolt against established rules of conduct, even in his own home. One of his first acts after marrying his lifetime companion, Catherine Boucher, was to teach her to read and write, rare for a woman at that time. Blake's writings were increasingly styled after the Hebrew prophets. His engravings and poetry give form and substance to the conflicts and passions of the elemental human heart, made real as actual characters in his later work. Although he was ignored by the British literary community through most of his life, interest and study of his work has never waned. Blake's creativity and original thinking mark him as one of the earliest Romantic poets, best known for his Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794) and The Tiger. Blake died in London in 1827.

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