Selected Poetical Works

By William Blake

ISBN: 9781847498212

288 pages

RRP: £7.19

Blake occupies a very special place in the pantheon of English Romanticism: just as innovative and brilliant as a painter and draughtsman as in the field of poetry, he created works that are often difficult to categorize and that, while harking back to a classical and biblical past, also look forward to the future – with authors such as T.S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley and the Beat poets among his many modern admirers.

This volume includes an essential selection of Blake’s poetry, from the lesser-known Poetical Sketches to his celebrated Songs of Innocence and of Experience and the “prophetic works” inspired by the French Revolution, covering over two decades of poetical activity and displaying the author’s originality and independence of mind at their sparkling best.

Contains: Poems from Poetical Sketches (1783), An Island in the Moon (c.1784–85), Songs of Innocence (1789), The French Revolution (1791), The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (c.1790–93), Poems and Fragments from the Notebook (1793), Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793), America: A Prophecy (1793), Songs of Experience (1794), The First Book of Urizen (1794), Poems from the Notebook (1800–3), Poems from the Pickering Manuscript (c.1803–7), notes and extra material, as well as a selected bibliography and an index of Titles and First Lines.

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  • My mind has been full of Blake from boyhood up.

    W.B. Yeats

William Blake

Born in London, William Blake (1757–1827) wrote poetry and worked as a painter and printmaker. His works went largely unrecognized during his lifetime, but have since come to be appreciated as among the most important to be produced in the Romantic Age.