This is a selection of the poet’s work, including all the great lyrics and the more important prophetic books. In her introduction the poet and critic expounds Blake’s esoteric theory and shows how it helped to create a poetry which is unlike any other.
The tigers that crouched in Blake’s baleful spiritual forests, the roses and sunflowers whose mystical properties he rendered with such accurate music, the angels with whom he wrestled and who delivered prophetic books to him late at night, were literally more real to him than the London, where, in the period of the French Revolution, he lived out his life of poverty and indignant isolation. One of England’s great lyric poets; one of Europe’s great visionaries.
WILLIAM BLAKE was born in London in 1757. He was educated at home and then worked as an apprentice to the engraver James Basire before joining the Royal Academy in 1779. In 1782 he married Catherine Boucher, and a year later… More about William Blake
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Published by Everyman’s Library Nov 26, 1991| 256 Pages| ISBN 9780679405528