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Blake's Poetry and Designs

Blake's Poetry and Designs

Illuminated Works, Other Writings, Criticism

by William BlakeMary Lynn Johnson and John E. Grant
Paperback
Publication Date: 15/01/2008
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In addition to a broad selection of the poems, the volume includes over 100 images (16 in color), emphasizing the centrality of pictorial representations to Blake's verse. Biographical context is provided through dozens of excerpts from Blake's notebook, letters, marginalia, and other writings. "Criticism" offers twenty wide-ranging commentaries by writers from Blake's contemporaries to present-day critics, among them Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Northrop Frye, Allen Ginsberg, Morris Eaves, Harold Bloom, Alicia Ostriker, John Mee, Saree Makdisi, and Julia Wright. A section on Textual Technicalities, a Chronology of Blake's life and work, a Selected Bibliography, and an Index of Titles and First Lines are also included.
ISBN:
9780393924985
9780393924985
Category:
Literary studies: poetry & poets
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
15-01-2008
Language:
English
Publisher:
WW Norton & Co
Country of origin:
United States
Edition:
2nd Edition
Pages:
656
Dimensions (mm):
236x145x23mm
Weight:
0.55kg
William Blake

William Blake was born in London in 1757. He was apprenticed to a master engraver and then studied at the Royal Academy under the guidance of Joshua Reynolds. In 1789 he engraved and published Songs of Innocence and the contrasting Songs of Experience came later in 1794. A poet, painter and printmaker of great originality and imagination, his work was largely unrecognized during his lifetime and he struggled to make a living. Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. He died in 1827.

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