Selected Poems of William Blake

ISBN: 1853264520
ISBN 13: 9781853264528
By: William Blake

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About this book

William Blake was an engraver, painter and visionary mystic as well as one of the most revolutionary of the Romantic poets. His writing attracted the astonished admiration of authors as diverse as Wordsworth, Ruskin, W.B.Yeats, and more recently beat poet Allen Ginsberg and the 'flower power' generation. He is one of England's most original artists whose works aim to liberate imaginative energies and subvert 'the mind-forged manacles' of restriction.This volume contains many of his writings, including: 'Songs of Innocence', 'Songs of Experience', 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell', and a generous selection from the Prophetic Books including 'Milton' and 'Jerusalem'.

Reader's Thoughts

Martin Davies

My 3 stars does not go to Blake, of course, but, with a poet with such a huge and outstanding corpus, a mere 90 pages is a bit of a disappointment. Where is 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell'? Where is 'Milton'? Anybody can print out a few poems from the internet; there are no copyrights on his work, and it's for free (excluding the cost of ink).

Hélène Lurçat

whenever sufferingEnglish poets are the best


Moments of brilliance amongst confusion. Definitely recommended.

Abrar Alnasiri

Blake, the dark angel of poetry!With his amazing dark thoughts mixed with the beauty of nature and fancies from heaven and hell.I cant favor a poem over the otherI cant believe he wrote them back in the 1790s !It feels like he is a spirit from past with this scarlet and sophisticated language who came to write about now days!


"He who binds to himself a joyDoes the winged life destroy;But he who kisses the joy as it fliesLives in eternity’s sun rise."

Kevin Albrecht

Well, William Blake week has come to an end. Although I had already been a fan of Blake for a long time, I had never read a large body of his work, so my impression of his work was definitely changed by the experience. I discovered how his body of work is quite philosophical and political, which brought me to respect his work in a whole new way. Among the philosophical poems that I found particularly moving are "The Fly" and the particularly simple but poignant "Epiphany": He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity’s sun rise.He expresses his liberal political views in "London" and "The Human Abstract", which introduced me to a side of him I was completely unaware of. I learned how sometimes a simple facade can hide deep meaning and beautiful artistry beneath its surface.I do not personally recommend this book as an introduction to Blake's work. Instead start with "Songs of Innocence and Experience", which contains his best work.See review on my blog:


The master. He could speak to all the (dead) greats and put it back into his own art. Read this and expand your brain.


Absolutely beautiful.


Don't get this edition! Not having the pictures is *so* frustrating.But, boy, Blake is crazy--it's all very exciting.


This is the first time that I have read a book of poems and I have to say so far this is not my cup of tea. Maybe I can blame this solely on Blake, I’ll have to hold back judgement on that until I have read other poems; I plan on reading Tennyson next, and I also have a book with German poetry sitting on my shelves so maybe it’s just Blake that I don’t get and not poetry itself. In the entire book there was only one poem that I liked. I didn’t care for most and some I abandoned half way through e.g. I only made it to the third night in Vala. I’m not religious, and there is no faith I believe in, and this coupled with the way Blake wrote, made this book a tedious read for me.

Dawn Shanks

Kayla (the 2-year-old I nanny for) and I are reading this together. We try to do a poem or two before naptime, always ending with "The Tyger," which I absentmindedly recited to her one day when we were taking a walk, and she was completely transfixed. We checked this out at the library and I think she's pleased to have an "adult book" and likes to keep it in her bed with her picture books during naps.


William Blake's work is incredible. This book includes one of my favorite poems of all time, "The Tyger."


The Poison Tree and A Clod of Clay are my favorite.

Justin Wiggins

Certainly a volume I will return to again and again.


"To see a World in a Grain of SandAnd a Heaven in a Wild FlowerHold Infinity in the palm of your handAnd Eternity in an hour"-Auguries of Innocence"Thine loves the same world that mine hatesThy Heaven doors are my Hell GatesSocrates taught what MelitusLoathd as a Nations bitterest CurseAnd Caiphas was in his own MindA benefactor of MankindBoth read the Bible day & nightBut thou readst black where I read white"-The Everlasting Gospel

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